Costume & Textiles

The Costume and Textiles collection holds about 2,500 textile objects and 5,000 costumes and accessories, ranging in time from Coptic to Contemporary, in size from thimbles to tapestries, and representing every continent. Many objects cross curatorial lines, like African American story quilts, Native American baskets, and contemporary fiber art.

Some holdings are unique, like paper gowns created by contemporary artists for the Atheneum’s Paper Balls of 1936 and 1966. Our world-renowned Lifar collection of Ballets Russes paintings and drawings is supplemented by Ballets Russes costumes. Two seventeenth- and eighteenth-century rare and beautiful tapestry series tell the Story of Psyche and the Story of Jason. The Atheneum is also the depository for Cheney Brothers textiles and keeper of the Cheney legacy.

The Costume and Textile Department is supported in part by the efforts of the Costume & Textile Society, a member organization founded in 1984.

From Our Collection

1868, Degas Mendieta, 1972 1925, Miró Stella, 1968

Upcoming Events

Apr
12
Sat
all-day 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Apr 12 – May 18 all-day
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance: Join us to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the museum’s partnership with the Hartford Public School District to produce the [...]
Apr
16
Wed
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
Apr
17
Thu
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
Apr
18
Fri
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
Apr
19
Sat
1:00 pm CANCELED: Homeschoolers’ Series: An Introduction to Teaching Core Subjects through the Visual Arts
CANCELED: Homeschoolers’ Series:…
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELED: Saturday Homeschoolers’ Series: An Introduction to Teaching Core Subjects through the Visual Arts: Part three of a professional development series aimed at training homeschooling [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5