The National Quilt Museum is the world’s largest and most prestigious museum devoted to quilts and fiber art. Established in 1991, the Museum is committed to the preservation and advancement of quilting. In an average year, the Museum is visited by quilters and art enthusiasts from all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world.
Located in a 27,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky, the Museum’s three galleries feature exhibits of the finest quilt and fiber art in the world. The Museum’s vibrant and breathtaking exhibits are rotated 10-12 times per year. Our primary gallery, with over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space, features quilts from the Museum’s collection which includes over 320 works of art. Our two other galleries feature touring exhibits of unique and diverse quilts and fiber art.
The Museum has also gained a reputation for its educational programs. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts educational programs on a diverse number of topics for quilters of all skill sets. Quilters come from all over the world to attend the Museum’s educational programs taught by master quilters.
The Museum’s youth education programs are attended by over 4,000 young people of all ages. Several of these programs have received national media attention. The School Block Challenge, sponsored by Moda Fabrics, is an annual contest in which participants are challenged to make a quilt block out of a packet of three fabrics. Now in its 17th year, this challenge continues to be utilized by schools and community organizations as part of their art curriculums in over 20 states. Other popular youth programs include the annual Quilt Camp for Kids, Kidz Day in the Arts, and the Junior Quilters and Textile Artists Club.