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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

520 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
408.971.0323
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Ranked #16 of 77 attractions in San Jose
Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is a museum focused on textiles, including historic and contemporary quilts, and all forms of woven and... more »
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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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181 reviews 181 reviews
46 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
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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55 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

I was very disappointed as to how few quilts were actually on display. And then the current exhibit was all one type of pattern. While it was nice to see quilts from the late 1800's, it wasn't very exciting. The other quilts on display were either art or abstract quilts. Not my cup of tea. Waste of gas, time and... More

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california
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26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Nice staff they have an event each month, teaching and you the take the small item home, such nice staff.

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SF Bay Area
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

You've got to love this place. Quilts and textiles. Heck 100 years ago you'd most likely be on a waitlist to get into this place. The magical art of fabric and quilting. I still have a quilt my grandmother made out of flour sacks during the depression. I think we all have a quilt made by our granny's, aunties, or... More

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Los Gatos, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Several interesting & unusual exhibits during the year. Many non-traditional, very innovative, all beautiful.

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Concord, California
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3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We recently visited the museum to see their 35 year anniversary exhibit. This was a great exhibit of choice pieces of their substantial quilt collection. We have also visited once before for an exhibit of Native American textiles which was great as well. The museum is of nice size and they do a great job of laying out and displaying... More

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San Francisco
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This museum is a gem. They have a great space, large enough to have many fine examples of quilts. They also exhibit ethnic and art clothing and things textile. The exhibits change and the quality is always there. The gift shop is very nice as well offering many items made by hand and some that aren't.

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San Jose, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This small museum in an obscure part of 1st street has some great textiles for you to look over. The staff is pleasant and knowledgeable.

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