CHALLENGE: I will be traveling to the Washington D.C. area and would like to visit museums related to my area of study. I am currently a student majoring in interior design and I know there are numerous attractions to visit while there. I enjoy window treatments and learning about textiles and their origins. Is there a museum related to fabrics and textiles?
D.C. is a wonderful area to visit and schedule museum tours. The
choices can be overwhelming at times. Let me direct you to one of
my favorite places in the D.C. area, nestled on a quaint street
filled with wonderful architecture and history: The Textile Museum,
located at 2320 S. Street, NW, Washington, DC. Before going you
might want to check out its Web site: www.textilemuseum.org.
The Textile Museum is a must see for anyone with any involvement
in the textile and fabric industries. The museum is located in a
residential neighborhood of historic homes as you might detect from
the photograph. It is found right off the famous Dupont Circle.
The building itself is a historical home, once belonging to a very
famous business executive. The museum rotates various exhibits throughout
the year. It also houses a large collection of fabrics from around
the globe, placing a different perspective on the history of fabrics
and textiles as we know them.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but there is
a suggested donation of $5. The museum also offers guided group
tours and includes a Museum Shop.
When I visited the museum this past summer, there was a wonderful
exhibit titled “Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles.”
There is also a collection of numerous fabrics and textiles from
many different countries dating back hundreds and hundreds of years.
Enjoy your visit and make sure you wear comfortable shoes when visiting
the Washington, DC, area!
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Sharon L. Anderson has more than 20 years experience in the
residential and commercial areas of interior design. She is currently
a faculty member at two Southern California colleges. Anderson has
been featured in numerous books and publications.