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Places to see quilts in California

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American Museum of Quilts and Textiles
766 S. Second Street
San Jose, Ca 95112
The American Museum of Quilts and Textiles is located in San Jose, California. The museum has been in existence for over ten years. They have six to seven exhibits a year from either their private collection or from artisans and collectors. If you would like more information, please contact Beve Pevarnick, Executive Director at (408) 971-0323.

BankAmerica Corporate Art Program
560 Davis Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, Ca
Mailing Address
PO Box 37000
San Francisco, Ca 94137

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, Ca 92706

Esprit de Corp
900 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, Ca 94107

The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
M H de Young Memorial Museum
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Levi Strauss and Company
1155 Battery Street
San Francisco, Ca
Mailing Address
PO Box 7215
San Francisco, Ca 94120-6901

McHenry Museum
1402 I Street
Modesto, Ca 95354

The Oakland Museum
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, Ca 94607

Places to see quilts in the District of Columbia

Textile Museum
2320 S St, NW, DC;

DAR Museum (Daughters of the American Revolution Museum) 1776 "D" Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 879-3241
Textile Curator, Nancy Gibson Tuckorn

The DAR Museum is home to over 250 American made quilts, most with documented histories. The earliest quilt in the collection dates prior to the Revolutionary War and the latest ca. 1930. Most were made prior to 1860. The Museum is known for its outstanding collection of early chintz quilts.

A permenant display of up to eight quilts rotate at least twice a year. Located at the back of the Museum gallery, it is free and open to the public. Quilts are on exhibition in four of the 33 period rooms. These are seen by guided tour only, between the hours of 10:00am and 2:30pm Monday through Friday and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Saturdays and Holiday weekends and Holiday Mondays.

A one and a half hour program is held the first Thursdays of most months from 10:30am to 12:00. At least 25 quilts from the collection are studied. Advance reservations are required. The fee is $10 per person. Special arrangements for large groups may be made.

A Textile Identification clinic is held the last Wednesdays of most months from 1:00 to 3:00pm. The curator will attempt to identify any pre-twentieth century American made or used textile. Advance reservations are required. The fee is $10 per object.

The Museum contains a Decorative Arts Library which is open to the public by reservation.

Places to see quilts in Massachusetts

The New England Quilt Museum
8 Shattuck Street
Lowell MA 01852
(508) 452-4207
Hrs.: Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm
Sun. 12noon-4pm

Their hours this summer are:
Tues - Sat.: 10-4
Sun: 12-4

Admission is free to museum members - the museum shop is open free to the public.

Places to see quilts in New York

Hanford Mills Museum
Each year this water powered woodworking factory and grist mill in Up-State New York hosts a quilt show in it's historic Hanford House. The show is entitle "Favorite Quilts" and features family favorites of the Catskill Region of New York. Family heirloom and antique and vintage variety and brand new quilts as well are featured. The museum has a home page at Email will reach us at

Thousand Island Craft School and Textile Museum
Clayton, NY at 315-686-4123

Places to see quilts in Virginia

The Virginia Quilt Museum
I just received my latest issue of the Virginia Quilt Museum News, and it occurred to me that some of you out there might be interested in knowing about this. The Virginia Quilt Museum does not have a permanent home yet, but progress is being made.

If you are interested in more information about the Virginia Quilt Museum, you can write to P.O. Box 1131, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-1131.

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