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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

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Address: 520 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone Number: 408.971.0323
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Description: This museum traces the history of quilt making and contains beautiful...
This museum traces the history of quilt making and contains beautiful examples of different quilting styles.
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3 wonderful exhibits

I had always wanted to see this museum. The 3 'temporary' exhibits were outstanding. I was surprised that there wasn't more. I always thought it would have more quilts besides... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Dee2580
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Burlingame, CA
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If interested in quilts and/or textiles, this is worth a visit. it's my second trip in 20 years, but I well remember that first trip and this one was just as memorable. California has amazing textile artists. Who would think of using glass as the medium? One quilt popped out as 3-D from across the room. Art that must have... More 

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Burlingame, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I had always wanted to see this museum. The 3 'temporary' exhibits were outstanding. I was surprised that there wasn't more. I always thought it would have more quilts besides the special exhibits, so that was disappointing. The staff was lovely and knowledgable.

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Medina, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

By all means go! For example, once when I visited, the exhibit featured Redwork, which is a favorite, so I really enjoyed it. I like antique quilts, less so the modern versions. If this matters to you, check what exhibit is displayed before you visit. Nice people, a good (but small-ish) display, and easy to find.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Our visit to San Jose Museum of quilts and Textiles was not a planned event, rather just an impulsive one. This was closer to the place we were staying and after a sumptuous lunch, we had to walk, and walk a lot, to digest and to feel energetic again. Hence we walked down the 2+ miles to visit this museum.... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I visited San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles during First Fridays. First Fridays is held the First Friday of each month and is a a self-guided evening tour through galleries and museums. Instead of the $8.00 admission, one is allowed to make a voluntary donation to see the gallery. As such, I donated and then enjoyed seeing this small... More 

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Stanwood, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We were having an off day during a long trip to San Francisco and Northern California when my husband saw an ad for the Museum. He then suggested we go and he received enough brownie points that they will last a long time. And on top of it, he really enjoyed the display too The quilt and textile display involved... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I try to see the exhibits monthly since they change frequently. It is always surprising to see the talents of people using cloth and thread. I enjoy looking at the creations from others and the different exhibits from different cultures. If you come to San Jose more than once you always see something different.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This small but fun museum took me by surprise - I loved the quilts. The exhibits are beautiful, and do change. It's one of the lesser known yet worthwhile sites to visit in San Jose.

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Sioux Center, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was expecting an exhibit of traditional pieced quilts but really enjoyed the Quilt National 2013 juried exhibit they had when we were there. If you like quilts that use unique fabrics and techniques and are contemporary and more "art like," then you will enjoy this exhibit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a very small museum. The quilts on display (which do change) are gorgeous but there is not as many on display as the information leads to believe. The staff are all crafters and many are quilters which makes for fun discussion. It is worth going if you are a quilter but not a regular stop unless the current... More 

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