Quilt Museums

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

(Lincoln, Nebraska)

AboutThe International Quilt Study Center & Museum is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Campus, and houses the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. More than 4,000 quilts and related ephemera date from the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 25 countries. IQSCM makes its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

New England Quilt Museum

(Lowell, Massachusetts)

166126The collection includes 400 antique and contemporary quilts and tops, plus numerous related textile and sewing items representing the history of American quiltmaking. Lowell, as the historic center of the nation’s textile industry, is uniquely suited for the New England Quilt Museum. The museum works to present the finest examples of traditional and contemporary quilts.


National Quilt Museum

(Paducah, Kentucky)

The National Quilt Museum is the world’s largest museum devoted to quilt and fiber art, and the collection includes over 400 works of art. The Museum has gained a reputation for its educational programs on a diverse number of topics for quilters of all skill sets. Quilters come from all over the world to attend the Museum’s educational programs taught by master quilters.


San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

(San Jose, California)

collections_BearPawQuilt200x197The permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is comprised of 850 textiles, including historic quilts, contemporary art quilts, and textile-based art forms, as well as costumes and garments from world cultures. The Museum’s collection has gained distinction for its’ unique art and material culture collection both locally and nationally. An indexed library of reference books and related periodicals, available to researchers by appointment, also supports the permanent collection.


Shelburn Museum

(Shelburn, Vermont)

Shelburne Museum’s 400-plus 18th and 19th-century American quilts form the largest and finest museum collection in the country and are known internationally for their exceptional artistic quality. The collection features masterpieces from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, and the South. Styles include album, Amish, appliqué, chintz, crazy, pieced, white work, and whole cloth. Changing exhibitions each year display about 30 works, including recent acquisitions.


Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum

(Seoul, South Korea)

The Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum’s goals are of preserving Korean traditional patchwork quilting techniques, which are gradually being forgotten, and of exhibiting other countries’ textile crafts. The Chojun Textile & Quilt Museum in Namsan-dong, central Seoul, is the only museum in Korea that displays local and foreign textile art.