The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will reopen to the public Wednesday for the first time since closing amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last March.
The museum’s galleries will be open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each week with no reservations required, according to a tweet from officials Monday. The facility’s return marks another step forward in the University’s phased reopening this summer before campus refills with students in the fall.
Officials first announced their plans for the museum’s summer opening while outlining the phased reopening this past March.
Visitors over the age of two will be required to wear face masks in accordance with the University and the District’s recent mask mandates, the museum’s website states. Admission is free for students, faculty, staff, children and museum members, but the University recommends donating $8 for visits.
The museum’s website states it will showcase exhibitions called “Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia” and “Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen” alongside two shows celebrating the University’s bicentennial. Other exhibitions will include “From the Grounds Up: Building GW” and “Two Centuries of Student Stories” in addition to two other ongoing exhibits – “Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection” and “Textiles 101 Gallery.”
University faculty and staff can start scheduling course-related guided tours and other activities at the site as of August 23, but in-person programs and tours remain currently suspended, according to the website. The website states the museum’s four research centers will also be open for appointments upon the building’s reopening.
The museum will continue to offer virtual programs and experiences, like the upcoming event on Guatemalan Mayan weaving in late August. The University’s other art galleries – Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and Gallery 102 – remain closed to the public.
This article appeared in the August 6, 2021 issue of the Hatchet.