Thursday, June 26, 2008

Textile Museums

When traveling, most textile artists are usually interested in discovering interesting textile related museums and exhibits. The following list should be helpful:

Check the calendar on the website of the American Craft Council (ACC) for up-to-date information by state about fiber related exhibits. It also posts information about international exhibitions.
Alphabetical List of Museums – FibreArts Online

American Museum of Quilts and Textiles (same as the San Jose Quilt Museum)

American Precision Museum - Sewing Machine Collection - Windsor, Vermont

Antique Sewing Machine Museum - Arlington, TX

Arizona State Museum – University of Arizona Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies – Tucson, AZ

Cannon Village/Fieldcrest Cannon Textile Museum – Kannapolis, NC

Costume and Textile Group – Belle Mead, NJ

Embroidery Museum and Resource Center - Louisville, KY

Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center – Espanola, NM

Fabric Workshop and Museum – Philadelphia, PA

Fashion Institute of Technology – New York, NY

Fiber Art Center – Amherst, MA

Handweaving Museum and Arts Center – Clayton, NY

Home Textile Tool Museum – Orwell, PA

International Quilt Study Center – Lincoln, NE

Jane Sauer Gallery (Thirteen Moons) – Santa Fe, NM

Kansas State University (KSU) Historic Costume and Textile Museum – Manhattan, KS

Kentucky Folkart Center of Morehead State University - Morehead, KY

Kolona Quilt and Textile Museum – Kalona, IA

Lace Museum – Sunnyvale, CA

La Conner Quilt Museum – La Conner, WA

LaJolla FiberArts Gallery – LaJolla, CA

Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum – Lancaster, PA

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center - Tillamook, Oregon

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Costumes and Textiles – Los Angeles, CA

Michigan State University Museum - Great Lakes Quilt Center - East Lansing, MI (quilts not always on exhibit)

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum – Almonte, Ontario

Museum of Arts and Design – New York, NY

Museum of Contemporary Craft - Portland, OR

Musuem of Indian Arts & Culture - Santa Fe, NM

Museum of International Folk Art – Sante Fe, NM

Museum of Our National Heritage – Lexington, MA

Museum of the American Quilter’s Society – Paducah, KY

National Museum of the American Coverlet – Bedford, PA

National Museum of the American Indian - Washington, DC, Suitland, MD & New York, NY

New England Quilt Museum – Lowell, MA

New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail - The work of more than 200 New Mexico fiber artists awaits you at 71 destinations along the trails.

Pennsylvania State Museum – Harrisburg, PA – has almost 200 quilts dating from the 1800’s to the present

People’s Place Quilt Museum – Intercourse, PA

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Textile Collection – Philadelphia, PA

Quilter’s Hall of Fame – Marion, IN

Rensselaer County Historical Society – Costume & Textile – Troy, NY

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Golden, CO

San Jose Quilt Museum (same as the American Museum of Quilts and Textiles)

Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, VT – has over 400 18th and 19th century American quilts

TAI Gallery – Textile Arts – Santa Fe, NM

Texas Museum of Fiber Arts (TMFA) – Austin, TX

Textile Center of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN

Textile Museum – Washington, DC

Textile Museum of Canada – Toronto, Ontario

Toadlena Trading Post Weaving Museum - Newcomb, NM

University of Minnesota – Goldstein Museum of Design – Saint Paul, MN

Virginia Quilt Museum

Windham Textile and History Museum – focus is on the cotton thread manufacture – Willimantic, CT

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts – Cedarburg, WI

NOTE: Liz Plummer has used GoogleMaps to create a useful tool that visually locates Textile Museums worldwide. The one of France was compiled by France Patchwork .


Liz said...

Hi Gwen,

Thanks for the mention, and for the wonderful resource that is your blog!

My Google Map is of textile museums around the world - the one of France was compiled by France Patchwork (

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Thanks Liz. I'll make a correction to the post and note that it is worldwide - don't know how I missed that.


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Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Yes. Liz' site is wonderful and very informative.


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I was in a museum tour like this and it was a amazing experience, i want to go again!

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