Sunday, April 19, 2015

Day at the Museum: The George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum

It's been a long time since my last visit to the original Textile Museum, along S Street, NW in Kalorama. Much has changed since then, including the museum's address (21st and G Streets, NW) and comparative luxuriousness. The George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum opened last month; and my first visit, last week was akin to moving from your parent's house into Trump Tower. As Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat used to say, "Very nice. High Five!"

The museum is closed Tuesdays and university holidays, and open 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 AM - 5 PM Saturdays and 1-5 PM Sundays. Admission is free for museum members, children, and current GW students, faculty, and staff: $8 suggested donation for non-members.

Lady Walking a Tightrope by Yinka Shonibare

The 50,000+ square foot space includes The Textile Museum, the Arthur D. Jenkins Library for the Textile Arts, and the museum shop. Click here to see the museum's impressive slate of programs & events. Who knew textiles could be so much fun?

Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801

Munro-Lenox Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

Plan of the City Intended for the Permanent Seat of the Government of the United States

Costume for STC Production of The Tempest

"Batman 2" by Mark Newport

Academic Regalia for Ph.D. Graduate at the GWU

Kimono for a Boy's Omiyamairi (First Shrine Visit)

Empress or Empress Dowager's Long Gua (Surcoat)

O Henro-Gi (Buddhist Pilgrim's Jacket)

Ecclesiastical Garment (?)

The Tea Ceremony Room

Robe, Uzbekistan, Bukhara, late 19th Century

My Family's Tennis Shoes Series by Teri Greeves

13-Star Parade Flag from the 1840 Presidential Campaign of William Henry Harrison with Slogan and Log Cabin Image