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Location Name & Address Description

Harrisonburg

Virginia Quilt Museum
301 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801
Phone: 540-433-3818
Email: director@vaquiltmuseum.org
Website: www.vaquiltmuseum.org
Located in the historic Warren-Sipes house, this museum is the culmination of many years of work and preparation. Quilters who will be visiting the area are urged to check the changing exhibits and partake of the special events scheduled through the year. Quilts are exhibited on the first and second floors. There is also an extensive display of antique sewing machines and a Civil War Gallery featuring quilts and historical displays related to that era. The Museum Shop is filled with quilted items, books, jewelry, tote bags, stationery, patterns, heritage toys and activities for children, and other quilting-related items.
The Virginia Quilt Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed for major holidays and ten days between exhibits.

Admission:
General Admission - $7
Members of Museum - FREE
Students Age 5-18 - $5
Children under 5 years - FREE

To find the museum, take Exit 245 (Port Republic Road) off I-81 to Main Street (Route 11), turn right on Main Street and travel north to the museum.

See the museum's website for more information, including current exhibits.

Richmond

The Valentine Richmond History Center
1015 E. Clay St.
Richmond, VA
Phone: 804-649-0711
Website: www.richmondhistorycenter.com
While not exclusively a quilt museum, the Valentine has over 190 quilts in its archives and often displays textiles of interest to quilters.

Karen Alexander

Washington, DC

The DAR Museum
1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC  20006
Phone: 202-879-3241
Website: www.dar.org/museum/
The museum has year-round events and exhibitions that change approximately every six months. The DAR Museum is now closed on Sundays and open on Saturdays. Admission is free and hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is pleased to offer free guided tours of the period rooms - weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For group tour reservations and information, please call: (202) 879-3241. There is no admission charge for the gallery and tour of the period rooms. Metered parking is limited. The closest metro stops are Farragut North and West. For reservations call: (202) 879-3241

Visit the web page or call (202) 879-3241. For media information, please call Nancy Gibson at (202) 879-3238.

Washington, DC

The Textile Museum
2320 "S" Street, NW
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-667-0441
Website: www.textilemuseum.org
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm.
Admission is free; suggested donation $5.00.

Marion, IN

Quilter's Halll of Fame
926 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN  46953
Phone: 765-664-9333
Email: quiltershalloffame@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.quiltershalloffame.net
The mission of The Quilters Hall of Fame is to celebrate quilting as an art form by honoring the lives and accomplishments of those people who have made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting; by restoration and preservation of the home of quilt designer Marie D. Webster in Marion, Indiana; by promoting public awareness of quilting through educational programs, exhibitions, publications and research; and by collecting, preserving and documenting materials related to the Honorees of The Quilters Hall of Fame.
Open early April - early December (check website for each year's dates)
Wed-Sat 10am-3pm

Paducah, KY

The National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson
Paducah, KY  42001
Phone: 270-442-8856
Email: info@quiltmuseum.org
Website: www.quiltmuseum.org/
The National Quilt Museum is a non-profit institution established to educate, promote, and honor today's quiltmaker.

The Museum is the worldís largest and most prestigious museum devoted to quilts and fiber art. A destination for art enthusiasts worldwide, annually the Museum welcomes visitors from all 50 US states and over 40 foreign countries from every continent. The Museumís onsite and travelling exhibits are viewed by over 160,000 people per year. In addition, over 6,000 youth and adults participate in the Museumís educational opportunities on an annual basis.
Located in a 27,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky, the Museumís three galleries feature exhibits of the finest quilt and fiber art in the world. The Museumís vibrant and breathtaking exhibits are rotated 8-10 times per year. The primary gallery, with over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space, features quilts from the Museumís collection which includes over 320 works of art. The Museumís additional galleries feature touring and thematic exhibits of unique and diverse works of art.

Lowell, MA

New England Quilt Museum
18 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA  01852
Phone: 978-452-4207 Ext.15
Website: www.NEQuiltMuseum.org
The Museum offers group tours, lectures, workshops for beginners and advanced quilters and programs for school classes. Call for the schedule of exhibitions and programs.

The Museum is 20,000 square feet on three floors including:
- Gallery for 5 or 6 changing exhibitions annually
- Gallery of quilts from the permanent collection
- Study storage and period rooms
- Museum shop, lobby and admissions area
- Library with multi-media research facility
- Classroom and studio space for workshops
- Elevator

Building: Built in 1845 by Josiah Greenough Peabody, the Greek Revival building is the site of the city's first savings bank which was established to encourage thrift among mill workers, particularly young women. The Museum was founded in 1987 by the New England Quilters' Guild and the building was purchased as the Museum's home in 1993.

Location: Lowell is the site of the Lowell National Historic Park and the Museum of American Textile History. Lowell's rich tradition of textile manufacturing makes it the ideal location for the Quilt Museum. Fabrics produced in Lowell's mills were used throughout the nation by makers of clothing and quilts. Because many mill workers were women, the city is also an important site for labor and women's history.

Parking: Visitor parking is available at meters on Shattuck and Middle Streets, the National Park Service Visitor Center lot, and the city of Lowell parking garage on Market Street. The parking lot behind the building is available on weekends only. Handicapped parking is available behind the building.

East Lansing, MI

Great Lakes Quilt Center
Michigan State University Museum
East Lansing, MI  48824-1045
Phone: 517.432.3800
Email: quilts@museum.msu.edu
Website: www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/index.html
The Michigan State University Museum, founded in 1857, is one of the oldest museums in the Midwest and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. "As Michigan's land-grant university museum, it is committed to understanding, interpreting, and respecting natural and cultural diversity. This commitment to society is met through education, exhibitions, research, and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes, and the world beyond." In 1999, the MSU Museum was one of the lead organizations instrumental in founding the Center for Great Lakes Culture whose mission is to "identify, collect, study, interpret and disseminate the cultural history and expressions of the diverse peoples of the Great Lakes region."

Lincoln, NE

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Quilt House, University of Nebraska
1523 N. 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE  68583-0838
Phone: 402-472-6549
Website: www.quiltstudy.org
We now house one of the largest publicly owned collections in the world. We also offer the only graduate level program in the study of quilts in the world!

Carolyn Ducey, Curator of Collections

Intercourse, PA

The Quilt Museum at the Old Country Store
3510 Old Philadelphia Pike
PO Box 419
Intercourse, PA  17534
Phone: 800-828-8218
Website: www.ocsquiltmuseum.com/
Admission is free. The Museum is open year-round Mondays through Saturdays,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on the second floor of the historic Old Country Store along Route 340 in the village of Intercourse, PA.

La Conner, WA

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
703 South 2nd Street
La Conner, WA  98257-1270
Phone: 360-466-4288
Website: www.laconnerquilts.com
Established in 1997, The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is housed in the historic 1891 Gaches Mansion in the artistic waterfront town of La Conner, Washington. This unique museum features three stories of quilts and textiles that range from traditional to contemporary, with a focus on works from the Northwest. On the first floor, Victorian-era furnishings complement changing selections from the growing permanent collection.

With two new exhibits opening every three months and a rotation of quilts from our permanent collection, there is always something new to see at Washington Stateís only quilt museum.

Note: This information has been gathered from many sources. Please re-verify addresses, times, etc. before traveling.

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