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Virginia Quilt Museum

South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Harrisonburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The Commonwealth is proud to call the Virginia Quilt Museum its official quilt museum. Nestled in the heart of Harrisonburg's downtown historic district, the Museum is considered a resource center for the study of quilts and their place in the cultural lives of Virginians.The Museum offers rotating exhibits of antique and contemporary quilts from its collection, other institutions, and private collections. Additionally, the Museum works to further its educational mission by hosting workshops and lectures.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I am not a quilter, but thought it would be interesting to go to a quilting museum. I was expecting to hear more about the history of quilts.

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Long Island
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75 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a small museum, but the quilts are absolutely beautiful. It only takes 1/2 hour to go through and they sell some quilting items.

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Brooklyn, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you love quilts this place is a must see. If I lived in the area I would love to see what's in store for their future rotating exhibits.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Visited this museum while waiting for 4th of July events. Staff were very friendly and knowledgable. Quilts were beautiful! Loved all the info displayed on both the quilts and the house. Entry fee for the gallery was $7 which I didn't mind paying but noticed that later that day they offered free tours. Would have been nice to know earlier...

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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

While we were on vacation at the Massanutten Resort we rode into Harrisonburg to check out the town. Decided to go to the quilt museum and was pleasantly surprised. Staff was very friendly and I think we paid $7 a piece to tour the museum. They had quilts from the local area and and from the Tidewater area of Virginia.... More

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128 reviews 128 reviews
15 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A quilt museum may not sound that exciting but this was really enjoyable. We marveled at the handiwork. The quilts dedicated to 9/11 were dramatic, as were the ones from the Civil War era, with the stories of the quilters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

If you are looking for a place to do volunteer work (Or get away from the house, kids, etc!), this place is it! They welcomed me and my two children to work as docents and shop clerks, and my daughter Rachel participated in a quilting exhibit at the tender age of 10! Her very first quilt! Love, love, love the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Though small, the Virginia Quilt Museum is nonetheless worth a visit. There are always permanent exhibits, as well as three special shows each year. The museum honors classical styles and modern quilting as well, often during the same show. Anyone interested in fabrics and quilting will find something captivating to spend time with here.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
81 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My husband and I visited here on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. We toured the whole museum in about 40 minutes and not sure we could have stretched it out. The quilts all have the little descriptions by them and most of them have fascinating history. There is a very small gift shop but we didn't buy anything. I... More

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Palmyra, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This museum is in a historic building in downtown Harrisonburg, almost across the street from the Visitor Center. We were taken aback by the entry price of $7 but decided to go in. Boy are we glad we did! There were three floors of galleries displaying the most beautiful, intricate quilts we have ever seen! We were so impressed with... More

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VA_Quilt_Museum, Manager at Virginia Quilt Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting the Virginia Quilt Museum! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Our exhibits and building are truly worth visiting for those that love art and history. I understand that the $7 admission fee may seem high, but it barely covers 13% of the museum's annual expenses. "Living" in a historic house and caring for... More

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