San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Downtown San Jose

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In a Nutshell

Museum with the mission to promote and celebrate the art, creators, craft, and history of quilts and textiles

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Choose from Three Options

  • $10 for admission for two to exhibits from March 7 through July 5 ($16 value)
  • $19 for admission for four to exhibits from March 7 through July 5 ($32 value)
  • $39 for a dual/family membership package ($75 value)

Current exhibits include A Common Thread, which explores the complex, varied art of needlework through a curated collection of 17 American artists.

The dual/family membership package includes:

  • All the perks of a dual/family membership, including two membership cards, additional guest passes, and a 10% discount at the museum store
  • $20 off classes
  • Purchasers of the membership package will need to contact the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles to provide their contact information and fill out the necessary forms in the membership packet before coming in to use their membership

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

An artform with roots all around the world, quilting is one of the oldest and richest expressions of human creativity. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrates the craft with centuries-worth of blankets drawing on Latino, Vietnamese, and Native American traditions. They also explore more contemporary works that showcase the way modern art has influenced the work of quilting—actual quilting, and not just the way some museums have stitched famous canvases together and called it a day.

  • Size: big enough to contain 850 textiles, including historic and contemporary quilts, as well as costumes and garments from around the world
  • Eye Catcher: the collection of Ruth Dundas, a member of the America Tapestry Alliance whose work is distinguished by its modernist commentary on femininity
  • Permanent Mainstay: the in-depth look at the history of textile production techniques
  • Don't Miss: the temporary exhibitions, which have included everything from traditional African styles to Andy Warhol–esque portraits of RuPaul

Customer Reviews

Very small, 1 room museum, but docent tour & talk more than makes up for it. Learn about the inexpensive lace making class for young girls, too.
Belinda A. · April 15, 2016

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