The National Quilt Museum is a non-profit institution established to educate, promote, and honor today's quiltmaker.
The Museum is the world’s largest and most prestigious museum devoted to quilts and fiber art. A destination for art enthusiasts worldwide, annually the Museum welcomes visitors from all 50 US states and over 40 foreign countries from every continent. The Museum’s onsite and travelling exhibits are viewed by over 160,000 people per year. In addition, over 6,000 youth and adults participate in the Museum’s educational opportunities on an annual basis.
Located in a 27,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky, the Museum’s three galleries feature exhibits of the finest quilt and fiber art in the world. The Museum’s vibrant and breathtaking exhibits are rotated 8-10 times per year. The primary gallery, with over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space, features quilts from the Museum’s collection which includes over 320 works of art. The Museum’s additional galleries feature touring and thematic exhibits of unique and diverse works of art.
The Museum has also gained a reputation for its educational programs. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts educational programs on a diverse number of topics for quilters of all skill sets. Quilters come from all over the world to attend the Museum’s educational programs taught by master quilters.
The Museum’s youth education programs are attended by over 4,000 young people of all ages. Several of these programs have received national media attention. The School Block Challenge, sponsored by Moda Fabrics, is an annual contest in which participants are challenged to make a quilt block out of a packet of three fabrics. Now in its 21st year, this challenge continues to be utilized by schools and community organizations as part of their art curriculums in over 20 states. Other popular youth programs include the annual Quilt Camp for Kids, Kidz Day in the Arts, and the Junior Quilters and Textile Artists Club.