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Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange

(4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
The Texas Quilt Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity. It is housed in two historic 1890s buildings, which provide a fine showcase for both antique and contemporary quilt art with their high ceilings, brick walls, and original hardwood floors.

Home for the new museum is the picturesque Central Texas town of La Grange, located on the winding Colorado River between two major highways, making it within easy driving distance of the state’s major cities and airline hubs.

History in the Making • • •

The Texas Quilt Museum was a dream and a goal for decades. As its founders brought thousands of great quilts to International Quilt Festival in Houston each year since 1974, they realized many people were unable to see them because they were on view a relatively short time. They wanted a place where even more people could discover and appreciate quilts as art in a setting that showcased them for longer periods.

In La Grange, a small town in the rolling hills of Central Texas, they discovered a wonderful 19th century building that had lost its luster over time. Over two years, with the help of skilled artisans guided by an architect well-known for re-purposing historically significant buildings, that luster has been restored. During the process, an allied building was acquired, increasing exhibition space to more than 10,000 square feet in three galleries. The museum officially opened on November 13, 2011. Since then, it has received a Main Street award, was a finalist for the Texas Downtown Association's Presidents Award, and won the prestigious 2012 Preservation Texas award for transforming its two buildings in the city's historic district. It was also voted Best Museum in Fayette County.

In Texas: International Reach • • •

And while the Texas Quilt Museum may be located in Texas, it’s a museum that features great quilt art, both traditional and contemporary, from all over the world...for visitors from all over the world.
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TripAdvisor
  • I'm not a quilter but the collection was impressive. Different styles were showcased and it was worth the stop. 
  • Only open certain days of the week; the quilts are hung vertically around room walls; quilts are changed out every so often. 
  • Wow. I just kept walking around saying, "Wow." There are so many amazing quilts in here, and they change from time to time. If you're in LaGrange, they're down on the square and there are good places ...  more »
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  • Texas Quilt Museum is a small, yet beautiful museum. It features a wide variety of quilts of all styles and types with exhibits that change every couple of months. The space is a neat showcase for the art of quilting and the museum has done a lot to liven up downtown La Grange. I highly recommend visiting every time you are in the area.
  • I went to see the modern quilt show. What a beautiful show! I think it is good to see something new in quilting that can inspire us to produce better quilts.
  • The Texas Quilt Museum is a true treasure. The displays change every three months, with the goal of balancing exhibits of both traditional and contemporary quilts, so no matter your preference, you will be sure to see something wonderful. Highly recommended!
  • This really feels like visiting a gallery more than a museum, as its wall space is primarily devoted to quilts by one or two modern quilters. The word museum implies a more expansive concept. A frustrating element is that they sell postcards and books of the historic quilts that they are holding but not exhibiting.
  • I feel sorry for all you crabbies out there who can't appreciate that a quilt doesn't have to be made of geometric shapes arranged in a repeat pattern. Thank goodness someone stepped outside of the box.