Experience the Art!
The National Quilt Museum is a nationally recognized art museum that exhibits the finest quilting and fiber art in the world. In an average year we are visited by quilters and art lovers from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide.
We are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kentucky. Our exhibits and programs have been recognized in dozens of national publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, and many more. The St. Louis Post Dispatch said the following about our museum, "It's not that different than going to the art museum in Chicago...It's all so unexpected.
The National Quilt Museum is open to the public year-round:
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (central time)
Between March 1 - November 30, the museum is also open Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
The museum is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day but open regular hours on all other holidays.
Don't miss the Museum Shop! Fine crafted gifts from regional and national artists, including quilts as well as pottery, glass, wood and jewelry.
We have a large selection of Jim Shore collectables like his cats to the right.
The museum admission fees are listed below. Visits to the Museum Shop, lobby exhibits as well as the lobby's stained glass windows are available free of charge. Special rates are available for Group Tours and School Tours are free but need to be registered in advance. Photography and touching of the quilts is not permitted.
Seniors (60 & over)/$10
Children 12 & Under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Scheduled School Groups are free
Friends of the Museum
Friends of the Museum enjoy free admission.
Scheduled organized groups of 10 or more are $7. The museum offers guided tours to pre-registered groups. Please schedule your adult group or school group at least two weeks in advance.
Volunteers are in the galleries to answer questions about quilts, the museum and the region. Photography and touching of the quilts is not permitted. The galleries feature frequently changing exhibits of more than 150 new and antique quilts as well as quilts from the museum's collection
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Groups & Tours
Group Rates - Guided Tours - Hands-On Activities -
We specialize in groups! We are motorcoach friendly, ADA compatible and located in the heart of charming Historic Downtown Paducah. Within walking distance of NQM guests will find 3 additional museums, eclectic, unique shopping, a variety of restaurants, the history of Paducah on 55 Floodwall Murals, art galleries, antique stores and more! If you have questions regarding groups tours, contact Visitor Services at 270-442-8856 ext. 209 or email us.
Give Your Group a Closer Look!
Get an in depth look into contemporary art quilting with a FREE Guided Gallery Talk. Discover behind the scenes tricks of the trade in a Curatorial Presentation. Create your own quilt art during one of six different Hands-on Activities for all ages.*
*Based on preregistered groups of 10 or more & availability of staff and classroom.
In Addition to Fiber Art
Bronze statues depicting the great Lewis and Clark expedition stand on the museum's front lawn providing remarkable outdoor art. Gracing the lobby are spectacular stained glass windows based on quilts from the Museum's Collection.
For more travel information about Paducah, visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
|The museum's parking lot, including handicap spots, is adjacent to the building. Additional parking is available on the street and in the public lot one block away. The museum is motorcoach friendly!
|The National Quilt Museum is ADA compliant with wheel chair access to all galleries and restroom facilities.
If there are special needs required, we recommend contacting the staff of the museum prior to your visit. The museum keeps 2 complimentary wheelchairs and available to visitors.
|The National Quilt Museum is located at 215 Jefferson Street in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky. Conveniently located in western Kentucky near the Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee borders, the facility is easily accessible from Interstate 24.
The museum is located about 5 miles from both the I-24 east and west exits. Paducah is often "on your way" to and from many great cities as well as an inspiring destination itself. Easily combined with your itinerary Paducah is located only 143 miles from Nashville; 173 miles from St. Louis; 183 miles from Memphis; 217 miles from Louisville; and less than 300 miles from Branson.
Paducah has a great deal to offer visitors. Within walking distance of the museum, more than 25 antiques and collectibles shops, locally owned restaurants and bakeries as well as the award-winning Lowertown Arts District. One block from the museum is a series of flood wall murals depicting Paducah's history created by renowned Louisiana muralist, Robert Dafford.
Additional information about Paducah is available through the Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Visitors Bureau website or by calling 1-800-PADUCAH. Click here for Visitor Bureau website...
|From I-24 EAST From the North: Take Exit 4 (Route 60), at end of exit ramp turn left. Continue on this road 4.5 miles, it will become one way (East Business Route 60). As you travel into downtown Paducah, the site of the demolished Executive Inn Hotel will be located on your left. Continue to Broadway and turn left. Travel one block to 3rd Street, turn left onto 3rd St. The entrance to the museum's parking lot will be one block on your right. NOTE: 3rd and 4th streets are one-way in opposite directions, and Broadway and Jefferson are one-way in opposite directions.
From I-24 WEST From the South: Take Exit 11 (Husband Road/Business Loop 24), at end of exit ramp turn right onto John Puryear Drive and continue for 6.5 miles. The road will become 3rd Street (one-way West). The sixth traffic light is at 3rd and Broadway. The entrance to the museum's parking lot will be one block on your right.