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The Avenir features several new exhibits every academic year. We welcome our regional community to visit our exhibits and participate in our lecture series.

The Avenir is FREE and open to the public. We have four galleries in two locations across the CSU campus.

CSU students have the opportunity to work with our collection artifacts according to museum standards of care and handling and learn about apparel and textiles spanning cultures and centuries.

Global Connection "Avenir" means future...

Through exhibitions, courses, and public programs, the Avenir Museum fosters the telling of global stories of people and their textiles, dress, and interior furnishings — how they are made and used, and what they mean to us all.

What’s your story?

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Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Our History

Audio Described Version of Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Transformation (best viewed in Chrome)

The Avenir Museum collection began in the early 1950s as a small teaching resource for faculty in the former Department of Home Economics; it was housed for many years in the Gifford Building, which was also the location of the collection’s original Gustafson Gallery exhibition space.

Since 2016, the Avenir Museum proudly welcomes CSU students and the regional community to exhibition and study facilities in state-of-the-art premises at the University Center for the Arts, where we now preserve and research some 20,000 artifacts of historic apparel and textiles.

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The Avenir Museum includes five galleries located in three campus buildings.

Consider donating your historical artifacts to the Avenir Museum.

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We would love to hear from you. Please contact us with your questions or comments.

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Financial contributions to support our teaching mission, museum operations, collections, acquisitions, and outreach are always gratefully accepted.

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