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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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Quilting and sewing both featured

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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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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Wooster, Ohio
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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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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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San Jose, California
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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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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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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