Fact Sheet

About The Museum

  • Opening in 2014, The George Washington University Museum will include galleries, virtual displays and space for academic and scholarly activity and public lectures.
  • The approximately 35,000 square foot museum will be located at G and 21st streets just four blocks from the White House and three blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro.
  • The 156-year-old historic Woodhull House will be renovated and a new museum structure will be built adjacent to it.
  • A 20,000 square foot conservation center also will be built on GW’s Science and Technology Campus in Loudoun County, Va.
  • The museum was part of GW’s 2007 campus plan.
  • The names on the exterior of the new museum building will include The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. The adjacent building will be renamed the Historic Woodhull House, Home of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection.
  • The Textile Museum will move from S and 23rd streets to the new museum on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus.
  • There will be dedicated exhibition space for The Textile Museum and the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection.

Estimated Timeline

  • A groundbreaking ceremony on the Foggy Bottom Campus was will be held Oct. 18, 2012
  • Excavation will occur during winter 2012
  • The project will reach ground level in spring 2013
  • The structure will reach its highest point in late spring or early summer 2013
  • The new museum will open in fall 2014


  • Benefiting students and faculty, George Washington will integrate the collections into a range of academic studies.
  • The Textile Museum and the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection will be learning resources at the new museum.
  • The Textile Museum and the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection will enrich education across the university’s colleges, schools and programs and will be a resource for scholars from around the world and the general public, providing exhibitions, lectures and other public programs.

About The Textile Museum

  • The Textile Museum’s mission is to expand public knowledge and appreciation—locally nationally and internationally—of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles.
  • The Textile Museum will continue to present its programming at the current location on S St. NW, in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood, through fall 2013.
  • The Textile Museum’s unparalleled collections include 19,000 textiles and carpets, dating from 3,000 BCE to present, that represent the Near East, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
  • In addition to a vast collection of textile art, The Textile Museum includes the 20,000-volume Arthur D. Jenkins Library of Textile Arts and The Textile Museum Shop.
  • The Textile Museum has a local, national and international audience that includes members in every state and more than 50 countries.
  • In addition to presenting exhibitions, The Textile Museum publishes world-leading reference materials and original publications which present new scholarship and set the standard for collecting interests.
  • The Textile Museum offers a full slate of public programs, including lectures, workshops, family festivals and after-hours social events.
  • The Textile Learning Center is an interactive gallery with touch stations that demystify textile techniques, reading stations and online resources.
  • A private, non-profit institution, The Textile Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
  • Textile collector and connoisseur George Hewitt Myers founded The Textile Museum in 1925. Myers was a visionary who set the contemporary aesthetic for artistic merit of the world’s textiles.
  • Myers began to assemble the core of the collection 30 years prior to the formal incorporation of the collection at the museum’s founding in 1925.
  • The Textile Museum has been presenting its annual Celebration of Textiles family festival and the annual Fall Symposium for more than 30 years.

About the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

  • In February 2011, the university announced Albert H. Small was donating $5 million toward the construction of the museum and donating his collection of the history of Washington—the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection—to be displayed in the GW Museum and adjacent Woodhull House.
  • The Washingtoniana Collection—some 60 years in the making—includes rare maps, drawings, letters and documents on the history and development of Washington, D.C.
  • The Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies will be part of the museum.

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