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National Museum of the American Coverlet

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Address: 322 S Juliana St, Bedford, PA 15522-1734
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NMAC is the only full-time, year-round, independent institution devoted to...

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 (400-plus) collection includes coverlets made between 1771 and 1889. Exhibitions change periodically. Generally there are about 50 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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Coverlet museum

You would never think the Coverlet would be so interesting but it is. A treasure in our small town ! These are not quilts but woven pieces, most are bed covers. You will be glad... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2016
Judith J
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Bedford, Pennsylvania
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Bedford, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

You would never think the Coverlet would be so interesting but it is. A treasure in our small town ! These are not quilts but woven pieces, most are bed covers. You will be glad you went Come by

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Thank Judith J
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Arriving at the coverlet museum I was unsure what to expect, but I was not disappointed. With a brief history introduction upon our arrival we were set free to explore the coverlets. Each piece was beautifully crafted and they all told a story from the patterns to the colors. Really unique adventure, which is worth checking out!

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Thank Derek R
Irwin, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 8, 2016

Nice place to go, beautiful crafts of other time and places. Lots of history about the area. Not for children, but interesting.

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Gettysburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2016

As a lover of all textiles, this museum sounded fascinating to me. The displays are awe inspiring but the narration from the curator, Lazlo Zongor, is even more fascinating. Lazlo and his wife retired as antique dealers specializing in coverlets to devote their energies into the development of this museum approximately 10 years ago. His knowledge of how coverlets are... More 

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Morris, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

I am NOT a fabric arts person, that would be my wife! However, this museum fascinated me, from a nuts N bolts type of guy perspective. The couple who are the "front line" at the museum are old-world friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. I learned that coverlets are a functional art that are directly linked to computer programming, logic in mathematics,... More 

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Thank BasketCase24
Hagerstown, Maryland
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Reviewed June 15, 2016

For years, my mom and I have visited the museum's booth at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and we finally had some time this past weekend to visit the museum in person. We're both knitters, so we had a blast! The museum is in this awesome 1859 brick school building, and the museum has a beautiful collection of coverlets... More 

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Museum_Staff, Director/Curator at National Museum of the American Coverlet, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind remarks. It was delightful seeing you here, and we're glad that you liked what you saw - after all, that is why we're here! Hope to see you back again for our September Coverlet College. More 

Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2016

My wife is a quilter. Naturally she was into it. The owner/guide of the non-profit museum was terrific. The Coverlets were very interesting and often colorful. My wife raved. I was pleasantly surprised how interesting the museum is. Worth going to.

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed March 14, 2016

We stopped at the recommendation of a friend and we weren't disappointed! With over 50 coverlets and assorted weaving items on display, it was definitely worth the $10 admission! The docent, an older gentleman, was charming and very knowledgeable about the coverlets and processes. It is really close to the PA Turnpike so it was easy to exit at the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2016

This museum is in an old school built in 1859. The docent was a very nice older man who gave a great presentation on the various woven coverlets. While they were all phenomenal, some really stuck out to me as the most gorgeous. Like the exotic animals and the Scottish red one. This museum is definately a find!

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Annandale, Virginia
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Reviewed March 8, 2016

We made a special trip to visit this museum after learning about it at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. One spouse said, "you're going to look at bedspreads?" Well, yes, but also impressive works of American craftsmanship and design. This is a well curated and displayed collection, staffed by experts who are generous with their knowledge. Did you know... More 

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