The National Quilt Museum, Paducah

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The National Quilt Museum pays homage to America's roots and showcases the country's finest quilt making. The permanent collection of more than 300 quilts is exhibited in a rotating schedule in the large, central gallery, which features 39 movable walls to display fully extended quilts for maximum impact. You'll notice that exhibits highlight color, technique, and craftsmanship. Fiber art is showcased in another gallery and honors the quilt-making practice as an art form. The museum was designed by quilt-makers to create a space that best suited the presentation of their work. To visit The National Quilt Museum on your holiday in Paducah, and find out what else Paducah has to offer, use our Paducah road trip tool .
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  • Today, my husband and I made our second visit to the National Quilt Museum. He summed it up when he said, "You looked like a kid in a candy store!" On both visits, we've both been overwhelmed by the b...  more »
  • We made a side journey to stay one night in Paducah recently, thinking the quilt museum would be a fun detour, along with a return trip to Starnes BBQ. The museum was great, though as many have noted,...  more »
  • My teenager and husband, who weren't very excited about the Quilt Museum, enjoyed it. My teenage daughter enjoyed the history and social history the quilts expressed. My husband enjoyed the Beatles qu...  more »
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  • Wow! This should be called the national quilt ART museum. Amazing works of art - some of the quilts seemed like paintings when you stood back, they were so detailed and beautiful. You do not have to be a quilt fan to enjoy this museum - just a fan of beauty and craftsmanship.
  • Paducah, KY was never on my list of places to go, but I had such a happy visit there! My friend and I were so fortunate to have a "local guide" who used to work there. (Visit her Wild Hair Rock Shop a few blocks away.) The display by Tall Girl was very beautiful and told her story through her art of quilting. It will make you cry. It will make you mad. It will inspire you to see how our problems are opportunities for growth and can be the path to our greatest joy in serving our purpose in this life. Left some Love there for all the textile artists, the Staff, everyone who walks through those doors, the Earth the building sits on and the River passing by. Please take some home with you. You must not touch the art pieces.....let them touch you! Allow the Love to heal you in every way you wish, with a grateful heart, every day. The Love Balmer
  • Nice place for a few hours rest on our trip south. The Mrs is a quilter so she saw how the 'obsessed quilters' of the country spend their time. Some amazing works are displayed. Don't miss the wooden quilt in the conference room. We didn't realize it was made of wood until we read the display info. Only bad thing is you can't take pictures inside (artistic property) but there are a lot of pictures on the Interweb showing many of the quilts. Pictures are of the stainless glass windows in their conference room.
  • I took my grandmother to this museum as she has always wanted to go visit. I went expecting that this museum would be something that only my grandmother would like and my brother and I would just have to "suffer through" for her sake. I was pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the case. The quilts inside the museum were not like any quilts that I've ever seen before. They were more like works of art. The different styles, colors, and sizes were amazing. The kind of care and love that were put into each quilt by their artist clearly shows. I am not a quilter or "quilt person" but I really enjoyed this museum! I would recommend this museum for quilters and non-quilters alike. It's definitely something to see if you are in the area. (I know there wasn't any photography or videos allowed in the museum but I couldn't help but snapping off a few shots. I have included them with my review. I hope the artists can understand that I only took the pictures to highlight their works and attract more visitors to the museum.)
  • My husband and I both enjoyed the guided tour, which helped us understand and appreciate more about the items exhibited, including the wooden quilt, tiny quilts, and the collection of quilts created by two or more people. Overall, it is clear that these quilts are not bedding, and are less "craft" than Art. Well worth the cost of admission and time spent. We especially appreciated the friendly and knowledge tour guide AND the ability to get up close to examine (but not touch!) these beautiful pieces of art! We'll be stopping in again when we're in the area, to see what's on display, as the exhibits are changed periodically. Highly recommend.

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