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International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln

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Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is housed in Quilt House, located at 33rd and Holdrege streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. IQSCM is the world's largest collection of publicly held quilts with more than 4,000 quilts and quilt-related objects. Dating from the early 1700s to present, the quilts represent more than 30 countries.

IQSCM makes its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL.

Admission: Adults $6, Children 5-18 $3, 2 Adults with children $12. UNL Faculty, Staff & Students are FREE.

Closed Mondays and university holidays. Closed Sundays November-April.
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  • My friend and I took a tour of the quilts on display and then did the behind the scenes tour. It was so interesting! Seeing how they store quilts and getting to see some very unique quilts was a great...  read more »
  • If you really want to see quilts as an art form, you need to go to Paducah, Kentucky, where you will be blown away by what people have come up with. This one in Lincoln is more about relatively ordina...  read more »
  • I loved the southwestern Chinese quilt exhibit which features many Mao, Zhuang, and Biyu minority items. The 9-11 exhibit made me cry. The restoration team wasn't there but it gives me a reason to go ...  read more »
  • Worth the price of admission. I've been there twice. Unique variety of quilts. Many art quilts. As a quilter, I enjoyed it from a creative standpoint and aesthetically. My non-quilter guests also enjoyed the experience. Interesting gift shop. Parking could be limited on a busy day.
  • This is the best museum around! Such beautiful quilts and the way they are displayed gives you an insight into the quilt maker's life. Will definitely be going back. If you love museums/history/quilts you will love this museum!!!!
  • I can't contact the museum direct from the website. I can't get to register myself to save collection items I am interested in. The site looks great, but as an Australian wanting to note items of interest and to fine out how to overcome the IT obstacles - there's nowhere to go. I search for a contact point for help and I can't get it. I would love to see these quilts in person but if I can't do that on line and feel that my interest is not worthwhile, I won't be diverting my travel plans to do that. What a fabulous collection and the online cataloguing is great. But I am very disappointed not to have full access and to have no obvious means of overcoming that.
  • I hope you are not as disappointed as I was. After reading on the website that it is the largest collection of quilts in the world, containing over 3,500 quilts, we eagerly got a carload of ladies and traveled 4 hours to see it. How incredibly disappointing that they only have about 40 quilts on display at one time to look at! The rest of the collection is in storage! They don't say this on the website. Although the few quilts we did see were wonderful, I would NOT have driven 4 hours, taken a whole day out, and paid the entrance fee just to see a small collection of quilts. I hope this review prevents that from happening to someone else.
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