Former Smithsonian museum director to lead Textile Museum to Foggy Bottom


A rendering of the four-story GW Museum that will be located at 21st and G streets. Courtesy of the GW Office of Community Relations

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s former director will lead the Textile Museum’s cross-town shift into Foggy Bottom.

W. Rick West was tapped as the museum’s interim director, according to The Washington Post. The $22 million facility uniting the textile collection with a cache of D.C. artifacts donated to the University last year is expected to open in spring 2014.

Construction on the GW Museum, which will transform the Woodhull House into a home for art from both across the city and around the world, is slated to begin by late summer.

The four-story museum will featureĀ  gift shop and two below-ground levels. It will not charge for admission.

GW will approach the zoning commission April 5 for a public hearing on the project.

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