National Museum of the American Coverlet

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National Museum of the American Coverlet

National Museum of the American Coverlet
4.5
10:00 AM - 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
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
NMAC is the only full-time, year-round, independent institution devoted to the display, preservation and study of (antique) American woven coverlets. The Museum is open seven days a week. Each visitor is given a personal tour.Currently, the (500-plus) collection includes coverlets made between 1771 and 1889. Exhibitions change periodically. Generally there are about 80 coverlets on display along with "period" beds and bedding, and spinning and weaving equipment including looms and a (rare) Jacquard head. We are located in a former Common School building (dating to 1859) in the historic district of downtown Bedford, PA.
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oscar1592
Madison24 contributions
Great Coverlet Museum
Jun 2021
Enjoyed the many coverlets and displays of the equipment used to make them. The curator was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot talking with him. Having this museum in the historical school is a good use of the building.
Written June 10, 2021
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William S
Ridgway, PA1 contribution
An opportunity to see a unique lost art from history in a curated setting.
Mar 2020
Very unique and interesting examples of period craftsmanship, its evolution and the machine ages effect on it. Beautiful examples of coverlets and the tools used in its manufacturing are on display. We now see many of these items in antique stores and stored away in trunks, but don’t understand the pride of place these once held in the home, where they were both a necessity and a form of art. Check it out.
Written February 21, 2021
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Marianne D
9 contributions
National Museum of the American Coverlet
Sep 2020 • Solo
Lovely surprise. Don’t be fooled by the building appearance; it is open. Park on the side and enter through the front door. I thought I would be looking at quilts but was property educated otherwise. If you enjoy textiles, you will enjoy looking at the coverlets, currently from New England. They change the displays in the spring. I was educated on the difference between the geometric designs of the loam versus the Jaquard (?) French method that allowed any design. The coverlets are in superb condition. Not a hugh place so if you like to read about all the designs it will take awhile but if you are just a “looker” it could be fairly swift. At you own pace museum. I was greeted by a lovely gentleman who gave me the quick history lesson.
Written September 14, 2020
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Thanks for your kind comments. It was delightful meeting you - come back soon!
Written September 15, 2020
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kkuch2017
Lancaster, PA39 contributions
Very knowledgeable owners
Nov 2019
This museum is a unique collection of woven coverlets. The knowledge of the curator is amazing and he's happy to share his stories and information regarding the making of these historical pieces in this museum. It's in an old school which is an interesting setting. I appreciate the care and research they've done to make this museum authentic and historical regarding this lost art.
Written December 11, 2019
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Thank you for coming in! We love talking with our visitors, and is always a pleasure to see that they like and appreciate what they see here. Come back soon!
Written December 12, 2019
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Karen H
61 contributions
Wonderful Gem of a Museum
Jul 2019 • Family
Fascinating history of the American coverlet. Take time to listen to Laszlo’s talk. We learned so much from him. Wonderful collection of looms, spinning wheels and coverlets. The artistry of the coverlets on display is superb. Definitely worth the $10 donation. Love that they are preserving the old schoolhouse. Got to see them working on restoring some old looms.
Written July 30, 2019
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Thank you so much, Karen. You and your group were wonderful. It was a pleasure visiting with you. We are always very happy to spend time with folks who are interested in the coverlets and their history. Come back again soon!
Written July 31, 2019
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AndrewPenna
Bensalem, PA90 contributions
Nice museum with very knowledgeable and friendly staff!
Jun 2019 • Couples
Spent a great time here seeing the displays and soaking up the knowledge of the curator Laszlo. Loved it.
Written July 2, 2019
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Karen & Bob L
Johnstown, PA110 contributions
What an interesting museum!
Mar 2019 • Couples
I love all things history, and having just recently purchase my first antique coverlet, I wanted to see this museum. Oh my, what a treat. They were exhibiting the comparison between coverlets and quilts with the same patterns. We spent a long time looking at everything. They even have antique looms that coverlets were made on. My husband weaves so they interested him. I was amazed to learn that they have over 600 coverlets in their collection and one day they will have mine. We enjoyed the museum immensely and highly recommend it to those who enjoy textile antiques.
Written May 30, 2019
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Thank you, Karen. We look forward to seeing you here again. Our newest exhibition, just installed, features 98 coverlets, with the emphasis on color. Coverlet weavers certainly did not limit themselves to red, white and blue, and this is a great display. Exhibition catalogs (title: STILL COLORFUL AFTER ALL THESE YEARS) are available.
Written May 31, 2019
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orchiddoc
Skillman, NJ293 contributions
Unique slice of Americana
May 2019 • Couples
Hard to rank this museum. If you like quilts you will find this museum really interesting. These are not quilts but woven bed covers mostly from the mid 19th century. We found the experience very educational and a piece of history. You can go through the museum in less than 1 hour
Written May 24, 2019
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Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you again. In the meantime, feel free to check out our website and learn about our programs and activities. Our newsletters are posted there as well. Best wishes for a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and a great summer season.
Written May 25, 2019
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scottfrombayside
Fremont, CA7 contributions
Fascinating museum
Oct 2018 • Couples
We went to Bedford just to go to this museum, because my wife has a coverlet from her great-great-great aunt - 1845. The people at the museum told us all about the person who wove the coverlet, the type it was, and they were even familiar with her family who were prominent in her town back then.
We learned an awful lot about how coverlets were made.
We thought the museum would be small, but it is actually quite large with many coverlets from the first half of the 19th century and looms also.
We're from far away from Bedford, but we are becoming members to support this museum in its work.
Pay them a visit if you are in the area.
Written October 28, 2018
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Thank you, folks, for your interest and support. It was great fun meeting with you. We are always gratified to know that you care about your family heirloom and its importance in this nation's history.
Written October 29, 2018
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harned
Boise, ID46 contributions
Historical Textiles
Oct 2018
If you love America History and textiles you will enjoy the National Museum of the American Coverlet. The exhibit on display at our visit combined quilts and coverlets of the 1800’s. This was an unusual display, quilts and coverlets aren’t displayed together as they are considered two different Americana art forms. Coverlets were an industry produced be male weavers for profit and quilts were created in homes by women for household use. The history and display was wonderful.
Written October 18, 2018
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Thank you, "harned,," for your comments. According to noted researcher and collector Virginia Gunn, this exhibition is "one of the first in-depth exhibitions that focuses on the visual connections between the designs and motifs featured on figured and fancy coverlets and on appliqued quilts made in America from 1830-1870 - the golden age for Rococo-Revival bed coverings." We are honored to include quilts from her collection, augmenting coverlets from the Museum. This has been a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate, side by side, the striking similarities (and differences) in the two types of bedcovers, their makers and their history. We truly appreciate the popular response to this display.
Written October 19, 2018
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