The National Quilt Museum
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The National Quilt Museum is a nationally recognized art museum that exhibits the finest fiber art in the world. In an average year, the museum is visited by quilters and art lovers from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. Our exhibits rotate throughout the year so they will be different every time you visit. The museum is an eight-time TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner and a two time TripAdvisor Hall of Fame winner. If you enjoy art museum's you will love The National Quilt Museum.
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Minder53
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
Sep 2022
The National Quilt Museum has always been a 'bucket list' item.

We stopped into the small town of Padukah, KY and visited the quilt museum on Labor Day. I was afraid it was going to be closed even though their website said it would be open.

What a lovely museum. I loved the fact that the museum gave a veteran's discount of $1, so my admission price was $11.

The museum reminded me of the quilt displays at quilt shows. All of the quilts were magnificent. It probably took me about an hour and a half to look at all of the displays.

Their gift shop was cute. I bought a bag and two coasters.

If you're a quilter, it's worth your time to stop in. I'm glad I did.
Written September 7, 2022
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Mike W.
Kennesaw, GA5 contributions
Oct 2022
Museum is curated well. The "Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement:Quilted Swing Coats" exhibit was our favorite. The way they were displayed and told their story were exceptional. The museum was smaller than we expected, but overall worth a visit, especially for quilters.
Written November 1, 2022
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Thank you so much for your visit. We are glad that you appreciated Patricia Montgomery's amazing swing coats.
Written November 3, 2022
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA665 contributions
Apr 2022
We stopped by here on our way from Martin, TN, to Louisville, KY; it was stormy that day, so an indoor site was our goal. I do not quilt, but I appreciate them as works of art. We were told the focus here is on modern and contemporary quilts; I am only familiar with the type we see in PA Amish country (where we live), so it was good to see different kinds. There were many beautiful ones here in the style that I like; many others were more nontraditional but still interesting to view.

We viewed the display in about one hour (the gallery space is not expansive). I found 2 quilt-themed jigsaw puzzles in their gift shop (while I don’t quilt, I do work on puzzles!).
Written April 29, 2022
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We're glad that our museum could bring some color to your dreary day.
Written June 8, 2022
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trimic
montreat358 contributions
Sep 2022
This was our second time to visit the museum, the first time was probably 10 years ago. As with the first time we were not disappointed. We are not quilters, however it amazed us to see the tallent and artistic creativity that went into making each of these quilts.My only disappointment was that we did not see the quilts from previous winners like we saw the first time we came. Overall it is a must see if your are near Paducah.
Written September 18, 2022
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562jens
Normal, IL91 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
After passing by the interstate road sign many times over the years we finally made it a point to stop at the National Quilt Museum. With museum in the title I assumed there would be some history presented about quilts and as collector of vintage quilts looked forward to learning more about them. We were disappointed to learn it leans more towards being an exhibit rather than a museum with many pieces being less than 30 years old. While we appreciated the talent required in the making of the quilts, I have to say I left disappointed and feel the name National Quilt Exhibit would be more accurate.
Written January 22, 2022
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The National Quilt Museum is focused on the work of today's quilters, and that has been our mission since our founding more than thirty years ago. We're sorry that you were expecting more antique quilts, but we hope you appreciate the amazing work done by artists from today.
Written March 15, 2022
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kdk1965
Clarksville, TN372 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was amazing, and we will return soon. As a new quilter, I was beyond amazed at the art I saw.

Suggestions for visitors: If you live within commuting distance, buy the yearly family pass. Two visits and you save money. It includes tour time, so take advantage of that. We hooked up with the tour guide who was a fountain of information.

Special exhibits included one on social justice. This was so powerful and moving that it brought tears to my eyes.

Parking was easy and plentiful. No need to park anywhere else. We also wandered the wall and riverwalk, along with several other sites. A Saturday in February meant much was closed, but what was open was easily accessible.

As we left Paducah we swung by Hancocks--a huge fabric warehouse well worth the time, even if it was also overwhelming in size.
Written August 14, 2020
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Sam D
Wauseon, OH267 contributions
Jul 2021
A wooden quilt ? Quilted Irish Stones ?? This is not just a quilt museum ... it is so much more. The staff was delightful, helpful, knowledgeable, and very proud of their museum. So many people from our American Duchess excursion said they were not quilters...but they thoroughly loved this museum. We did too. Oh yes...the many quilts there are outstanding.
Written July 16, 2021
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etobia
Corning, NY62 contributions
May 2021
Traveled NYS to Texas with stops at a few overnights. Unbeknownst to my husband and I we were near The National Quilt Museum! I have wanted to tour this place for years and have been envious of my cyber friends who have. Well now I can say Yes! I went to Paducah and toured the museum. It took about an hour to go through the 3 exhibit areas. The works on display were interesting, some remarkable and others that hit you in the gut for design and depth of artist’s message. I would have liked to have had the venue about 4xs larger than the space allowed for three exhibits, and more items displayed. Yes my heart went pitter patter as we walked through these beauties. Definitely worth 12$ admission.
Written May 7, 2021
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Anne G
8 contributions
Apr 2022
This museum does not focus on design so much as stitching prowess. There are many unappealing quilts here! There is such a thing as "dated" work. I am an artist, an art teacher, and a quilter, so I am not just speaking off the cuff. There is a lack of diversity in style, technique and materials as well. There are so many bold, corny designs featured, and very little subtlety!
Written April 18, 2022
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peonyrose
Fenton, IL698 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Three friends took time out of busy schedules to spend time in this lovely town and visit this exquisite museum..
The museum had at least 4 special exhibits which we thoroughly enjoyed..one was on the pandemic, another on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and another pictures in quilts of ancient stones of Ireland. These were amazing and then add all the other fabulous quilts, it made for quite a fine visit.
Written December 4, 2021
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We're glad you had a lovely visit to our museum and Paducah. There's always something new to see, so come back soon.
Written December 31, 2021
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