National Quilt Museum

National Quilt Museum
The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky

The National Quilt Museum, formerly the Museum of the American Quilter's Society, is located in Paducah, Kentucky. The museum houses a large collection of quilts, most of which are winning entries from the American Quilter's Society festival and quilt competition held yearly in April. The Museum also houses other exhibits of quilt collections, both historic and modern.

The Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS) was established by American Quilter's Society co-founders Bill and Meredith Schroeder of Paducah and opened to the public on April 25, 1991. It is the world's foremost museum devoted to quilts and the only museum dedicated to today's quilts and quiltmakers. The main gallery is devoted to a rotating selection of the Museum's permanent collection of over 200 quilts. MAQS also develops temporary exhibitions and exhibitions that travel to other galleries and museums, helping educate and inspire a wider spectrum of viewers.

The museum was honored in May 2008 when the U.S. Congress designated it The National Quilt Museum of the United States. May Louise Zumwalt, Executive Director of the Museum, said recently “Though it does not mean we will receive national funding, it does recognize that we are a quilt museum with national significance.” This designation brings additional attention and helps increase the number of visitors. The Museum currently averages 40,000 visitors per year from across the country and at least 25 foreign countries.

See also

  • Quilt Museum and Gallery in England

External links

Coordinates: 37°05′22″N 88°35′50″W / 37.08935°N 88.59718°W / 37.08935; -88.59718



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