The collection at the heart of the Textiles and Clothing Museum (TCM) began in 1923 as a teaching tool, and continues to be used by the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (AMD) Program within the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Department to educate students at Iowa State University. Numbering over 9,500 items, it is a unique and irreplaceable record of the material culture and history of different societies, cultures, and time periods. Dating from the late Roman period through present day, it represents international fashion trends, everyday wear of Midwesterners and a great diversity of ethnic traditions in North, Central, and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The mission of the Textiles and Clothing Museum is to promote the scholarship and appreciation of historic and ethnic textiles and clothing, with an emphasis on visual and active learning.

The museum offers public access to its collections and research activities. By appointment and under supervision, the collection is accessible to anyone with an interest in clothing and textiles.

For More Information

For detailed information about our facilities and collection, as well as the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Department, please visit: http://www.aeshm.hs.iastate.edu/tc-museum/

You can also email tcmuseum@iastate.edu if you have any questions.


The Mary Alice Gallery is open Monday – Friday 11 am – 4 pm.  Admission is free.

The Gallery is located on the Iowa State University campus in

1015 Morrill Hall
603 Morrill Road
Ames, IA  50011

Click here for general information to help you plan your visit to Iowa State.

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