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This two-museums-in-one building lies in the heart of the George Washington University’s urban campus. Originally located in a charming Embassy Row mansion, the nearly century-old Textile Museum tripled its space and was, in a sense, reborn in 2015, when it moved to this custom-designed, 46,000-square-foot gallery in Foggy Bottom. Curators pull from the museum’s collection of some 20,000 textiles spanning 5,000 years and five continents to mount exhibits that in one way or another ask: How do clothes, adornments, and fabric furnishings articulate self and status within cultural, political, social, religious, and ethnic frameworks? 
Meanwhile, on the second floor of the building, stemming off the Textile Museum’s large gallery, is the George Washington Museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, totally unrelated to textiles but fascinating in its own right for the display of maps, prints, old photos, and rare letters that fill you in on life in the capital from the 17th to the 20th centuries.