Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising
The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is Colorado State University’s historic apparel and textiles collection. We weave scholarly appreciation of the material culture of dress and textiles as a vital strand in the fabric of our communities.
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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.
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Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Our History
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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Financial contributions to support our teaching mission, museum operations, collections, acquisitions, and outreach are always gratefully accepted.