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The New England Quilt Museum, founded in 1987, is located in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts and is the only institute in the Northeast solely dedicated to the art and craft of quilting. It is the second-oldest quilt museum in the United States. It houses special and permanent exhibits, a library, a museum shop, and classrooms. Collections are strong in 19th century quilts, with a geographic focus on New England.Using our international travel planner, Lowell attractions like New England Quilt Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Hard to find parking but that's just Lowell. Do you like quilts? Then it's the perfect place for you. Just bored, want to walk around inside and look at colors and patterns? Got kids? Great. Good for.... more
Hard to find parking but that's just Lowell. Do you like quilts? Then it's the perfect place for you. Just bored, want to walk around inside and look at colors and patterns? Got kids? Great. Good for.... more »
We stopped here during vacation and was so glad we did! The exhibits were beautiful and informative. The gift shop is large and they carry an assortment of quilting relating items as well as fabric..... more
We stopped here during vacation and was so glad we did! The exhibits were beautiful and informative. The gift shop is large and they carry an assortment of quilting relating items as well as fabric..... more »
Excellent display of a great variety of quilts and sculptures, far more extensive than I had anticipated. The descriptions and quotes from creators of each quilt were invaluable in appreciating each.... more
Excellent display of a great variety of quilts and sculptures, far more extensive than I had anticipated. The descriptions and quotes from creators of each quilt were invaluable in appreciating each.... more »
There's so much more to see and experience here than the name suggests. Besides the beauty and expertly created pieces, visitors can learn about many symbolic exhibits, the stories of the artists and their motivations, all while enjoying the awesome collections. Be sure to check out the gift shop once you're done!
I'm so glad we made the trip!! The museum is smaller, but packed with a few revolving exhibits. The quilts are absolutely beautiful and inspiring!! Volunteer docents were very knowledgeable and helpful explaining the exhibits. The gift shop was surprisingly affordable (most gift shops are super overpriced!). I got inspired upstairs in the exhibit and was able to buy a big bag of fabric remnants - several cumulative yards - for just $4! Also lots of handmade goods that would make wonderful gifts. I'm a sewer but the person I went with is not and they also very much enjoyed it. Worth the trip!! Afterwards, I recommend Life Alive, the restaurant across the street, for lunch!
The displays are, colorful, interesting, intriguing, splendid and most importantly fun to to view. The Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry collection of works are amazing. A wonderful place to visit in New England.
Small museum that does not take much time to see. There was an exhibit at the time of my visit focused on the natural resource water. I would not consider the quilts in this display traditional quilts, but excellent displays of fiber art using many different art techniques to tell a story. Very beautiful detailed and time consuming work. There was also a small display of the traditional quilts from the 1800's and early 1900's. Nice gift shop with a variety of quilt and sewing related gifts available.
Several good exhibits, including different mediums of art quilting, thought provoking exhibit on guns/gun violence and miniature quilts. The gun exhibit wasn't ideally what we would've preferred to have seen, however the other exhibits were wonderful. It is a nice little museum, honoring, celebrating and preserving our craft. Will definitely go back for future exhibits. Very reasonably priced.
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