National Museum of the American Coverlet, Bedford

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National Museum of the American Coverlet is located in Bedford. Use our Bedford tour planner to visit National Museum of the American Coverlet on your trip to Bedford, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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TripAdvisor
  • Our group of 17 visited this museum today and the curator gave us an excellent tour. Turns out that American-made coverlets have something to teach us about technology (loom punch cards were a precurs...  more »
  • This was one of those places we decided to explore on a whim. We had no particular interest in coverlets - didn't even really know what they are. What we found was an intriguing collection that really...  more »
  • A very interesting stop. I hadn't given any thought to coverlets before we stopped here. It's worth a visit. The guy in the office gave us a tour which talked about the history of coverlet production ...  more »
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  • This place is fascinating! I seek out the odd and obscure when I travel, but often museums on weirdly specific subjects can be just collections without explanation or off-the-wall ideas built to attract tourists. Not so with this. This is an actual museum with four rooms of exhibits, located in the old Bedford school building, which is of historic interest itself. The woman who runs the non-profit is incredibly knowledgable about the provenance of coverlets, the regional variations, the weaving techniques, the dyeing, and anything else you could think to ask. She's also incredibly dedicated, keeping the museum open all but a couple of days a year. She'll take you through the rooms and explain the weaving process using the antique looms they have for visuals and pointing out what makes each coverlet special. There's also a part on processing flax and she gave us some insights into the properties of wool vs. linen vs. cotton when weaving. If you like learning how things are made, don't miss this!