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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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Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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If you're a fan of the type of quilt on exhibit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Medina, Ohio
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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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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We enjoyed an afternoon visit to this quaint little museum. The pouring rain made it even more cozy and the lovely curator was delightful. Many interesting styles and techniques on display, especially the old quilts from the early 1900's. Some of the artwork was a bit too abstract and just too unusual for my taste, but to each his own.... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Two-thirds of this small museum displayed recent winners of a New York competition in textile arts which were well described and displayed. Photography was allowed for personal use if no flash used. The few displayed quilts were presented for educational purposes such as how to detect differences between authentic antiques and modern copies, or offering possibilities for one large quilt's... More 

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