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International Quilt Museum, Lincoln

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The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is the world's largest collection of publicly held quilts dating from the early 1700s to present, the quilts represent more than 45 countries. Rotating exhibitions display gems from the collection and traveling exhibits.

Quilt House is located at 33rd and Holdrege streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. IQSCM makes its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL.

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  • Our students were delighted to see especially the quilts and quilted items from around the world, including from their home countries. The seamstresses in the group were particularly fascinated, but.....  more
    Our students were delighted to see especially the quilts and quilted items from around the world, including from their home countries. The seamstresses in the group were particularly fascinated, but.....  more »
  • when i learned they have such a large treasure trove of quilts on site, i was excited for the six hour drive, but sadly disappointed to view all on display in less than an hour. Such a large nice... 
    when i learned they have such a large treasure trove of quilts on site, i was excited for the six hour drive, but sadly disappointed to view all on display in less than an hour. Such a large nice...  more »
  • I have to admit that I was skeptical about spending a couple of hours indoors on a nice autumn day but I was surprised and rewarded by this museum. The offerings on display ranged from folk art to... 
    I have to admit that I was skeptical about spending a couple of hours indoors on a nice autumn day but I was surprised and rewarded by this museum. The offerings on display ranged from folk art to...  more »
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  • Simply spectacular. Throughout the main stage exhibit (collection) comprised of mostly unnamed quilters, I was reminded of how the fabric arts are symbolic of womanhood, domesticity, and the embodiment of tradition and even storytelling that is inherently feminine. What a patient and protean art. It’s a great museum if you want an exhibit that’s small and not too overwhelming. Wished there were prints (posters) available of certain quilts but that’s ok. Would recommend if you like to be surrounded by nerdy women.
  • This is a really beautiful and unique museum. Even if you're not into quilting, it's definitely worth seeing the artistry and craftsmanship of talented quilters. It's very quiet and clean plus the staff is very friendly. Highly recommend visiting this museum!
  • It was truly a magnificent day. We walked around and looked at some of the quilts on our own but took the 11:00 tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and I learned a whole lot about the quilts on display. I learned how they refold them every two years, how they take them out of circulation after 10 years so that they don't fade, I learned that you can't touch them and you can't take flash photography. They are very careful that the quilts don't fade..... I learned that quilts that have been out on display are putting isolation so no bugs come into the museum. That was extremely interesting... Our tour guide was very kind, she moved rapidly so that we saw a fair amount of the quilts. I was very happy for the tour. The quilts are just beautiful and so many of them. I couldn't believe the price that one of them sold for was over $260,000... It was a pre-civil war quilt.... truly magnificent. The red and white quilts in the room are just awesome, breathtaking, it is a really terrific sight.... I recommend this museum, it is just delightful. And, I know so much more now than I did before I went in there. It is in fact part of the University of Nebraska... And the building itself is breathtaking, and the stairs are very manageable although they have an elevator also... A lovely way to spend the day... Well worth the drive that we had from Omaha.
  • This is an amazing museum with 3 floors of quilts. Many from the 1800s, 1900s and contemporary quilts. My husband even liked it. The gift shop has many unique items. The building is beautiful as well. There’s a free parking lot with room for an RV. We stopped on our way between Nebraska campgrounds. Staff was lovely. Highly recommend.
  • Beautiful museum! Made it there 20 min to close and was able to see almost everything but in a rather rushed pace. I would recommend more like an hour to see it nicely. Staff was so nice too. I also recommend getting a Groupon we saved alot of money and I think it's available all the time.

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