EDUCATION

Washington's newest museum explores textiles, capital city's history at George Washington U.

  • This photo taken March 16, 2015 shows senior curator Sumru Belger Krody discussing the imagery depicted in an Asian textile piece at the The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum  in Washington. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum open a new building, featuring textiles from five continents spanning 5,000 years. Two other exhibits feature the planning of the nation's capital and the impact of the Civil War.  (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)

    This photo taken March 16, 2015 shows senior curator Sumru Belger Krody discussing the imagery depicted in an Asian textile piece at the The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum open a new building, featuring textiles from five continents spanning 5,000 years. Two other exhibits feature the planning of the nation's capital and the impact of the Civil War. (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo taken Monday, March 16, 2015 shows shows the installation of part of the new exhibit “Unraveling Identity” at the new Textile Museum at George Washington University in Washington. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum open a new building, featuring textiles from five continents spanning 5,000 years. Two other exhibits feature the planning of the nation's capital and the impact of the Civil War.  (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)

    This photo taken Monday, March 16, 2015 shows shows the installation of part of the new exhibit “Unraveling Identity” at the new Textile Museum at George Washington University in Washington. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum open a new building, featuring textiles from five continents spanning 5,000 years. Two other exhibits feature the planning of the nation's capital and the impact of the Civil War. (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo taken March 16, 2015 shows Converse All-Star sneakers embroidered with Native American beads, made in 2003, are on loan from the Indian Arts Research Center to The George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum in Washington. Beadwork is a textile art that celebrates native heritage. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum open a new building, featuring textiles from five continents spanning 5,000 years. Two other exhibits feature the planning of the nation's capital and the impact of the Civil War.  (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)

    This photo taken March 16, 2015 shows Converse All-Star sneakers embroidered with Native American beads, made in 2003, are on loan from the Indian Arts Research Center to The George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum in Washington. Beadwork is a textile art that celebrates native heritage. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum open a new building, featuring textiles from five continents spanning 5,000 years. Two other exhibits feature the planning of the nation's capital and the impact of the Civil War. (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)  (The Associated Press)

A new museum is opening this weekend in downtown Washington showcasing a wide variety of art, history and culture through ancient textiles and a significant collection of maps and documents on the history of the nation's capital.

George Washington University is opening the $33 million complex Saturday on its downtown campus where two museums will share one facility. The six-story complex becomes the new home for Washington's 90-year-old Textile Museum and its collection of artifacts, along with a new museum about the capital city's history.

The opening comes just months after George Washington University also acquired one of the nation's oldest art museums, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and its art school, demonstrating a major commitment to build a much larger profile as a school for the arts.