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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 #19 of 64 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum traces the history of quilt making and contains beautiful examples of different...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum traces the history of quilt making and contains beautiful examples of different quilting styles.

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Stanwood, Michigan
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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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85 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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48 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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211 reviews 211 reviews
56 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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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69 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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42 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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