The Textiles and Clothing Museum uses new technologies to link theoretical knowledge with hands-on experiences. Visual literacy is as vital to students today as written and oral communication. Active learning through exhibitions, museum programs, and object-based activities in the classroom supports and enhances the learner’s experience, promoting creative thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Within the museum are these facilities:
- The Donna Rae Danielson Conservation Laboratory
- The Bertha and Edward Waldee Storage Facility
- The Textiles and Clothing Research Room
The collection numbers about 9,000 objects, including European, American, and ethnic objects dating from the late Roman period through the present day and is one of the largest university fashion collections in the United States.
Collection management and research: A PastPerfect software database is used for collection management. Information entered in PastPerfect facilitates the use of garments for research and teaching purposes and allows for research opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
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Textiles and Clothing Museum
603 Morrill Road
Ames Iowa 50011-2100
31 MacKay Hall
2302 Osborn Drive
Ames Iowa 50011-107
Kelly L. Reddy-Best
Open during Morrill Hall building hours. Please check exhibitions page for dates when the exhibitions are open for viewing.