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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
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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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Small but Perfectly Formed

A showcase for beautiful quilts and fabrics - if you love anything to do with fabric or sewing, you'll love this gem!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
JamillaCamel
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A showcase for beautiful quilts and fabrics - if you love anything to do with fabric or sewing, you'll love this gem!

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Thank JamillaCamel
San Jose, California
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

enjoy walking the quilts and textile art displayed on the walls. with new exhibits every few months. A must to see

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Thank Ann G
Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

Not for children! Also, I saw a few guys who were on the verge of a meltdown. This is a small, quaint museum truly for the artsy folk. The quilts are magnificent and I applaud this museum for celebrating the craft. The first Friday is pay what you'd like. You can go for a nominal amount, and if you enjoy... More 

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Thank laurie c
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Always amazing exhibits full of color and texture and creativity to delight. All quilts are objects of art in my opinion though these in particular are not just your standard quilts, quilts as creative and expressive art. Besides they have a wonderful gift shop not to be missed and First Friday Nights at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and... More 

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53 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Although the museum only has a small collection of quilts and exhibits on display, it was enough to inspire me to pick up sewing again. There were so many types of quilts on display, they were fun and colorful, and reminded me that quilting should be enjoyable and fun, not perfect!

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Thank Chewy B
Providence, Rhode Island
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a modest museum with two large display areas. When we went, there was a show on upcycled clothing that was very creative, and another exhibit on unusual quilts that was very interesting. The gift shop had some nice items, and there are apparently some crafts or classes available. This museum has an appeal for seamstresses (me) and quilters... More 

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Thank Rosemarina
Wooster, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I expected this place to be larger. There were two exhibits to look at, which took only a half hour to tour. The things we saw were interesting, but not exactly what I was hoping for. If you are wanting to see various quilt designs and different levels of workmanship, they weren't there, at least for this visit. I was... More 

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Thank Kim L
Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I appreciated the small collection because I've done some needlework and therefore appreciate the tremendous amount of effort and creativity that went into each item on display. My husband, who has never done needlework, was uninterested in the collection. Check out the interesting display in the tiny park across the street. Bring quarters for parking meter.

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Thank Cynthia F
San Jose, California
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This museum has different temporary exhibits throughout the year in addition to th permanent display. We were fortunate to be able to see an exhibit of Amish quilts that was amazing !

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Thank Jazz-Molly
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I made a couple of simple quilts and can appreciate the time and effort that goes into making a piece of art like the ones that are displayed at the museum.

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