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Costume and Textiles Study Room

Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Costume and Textiles, second floor, Perelman Building

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The website provides a searchable database and images of some of the objects in the collection. Since many costume and textiles objects are not represented online, contact with specific requests about further collection holdings that may be of interest.

The Costume and Textiles Collection

Currently numbering more than 30,000 objects, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s costume and textiles collection is one of the largest and oldest in the country. The holdings, remarkable in their depth and breadth, encompass art of great quality from diverse eras and around the globe.

Exhibitions and installations of costume and textiles objects are regularly presented in the Joan Spain Gallery and the Costume and Textiles Study Gallery in the Perelman Building. Because only a small percentage of the department’s large collection is on display, works from the permanent collection are made available for study by appointment in the Costume and Textiles Study Room.