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International Quilt Museum, Lincoln

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The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is the world's largest collection of publicly held quilts dating from the early 1700s to present, the quilts represent more than 45 countries. Rotating exhibitions display gems from the collection and traveling exhibits.

Quilt House is located at 33rd and Holdrege streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. IQSCM makes its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL.

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  • A must see! Long drive just for this. Very beautiful and clean. Nice people. Kind courteous service. Right across the street from a convenience store  more »
  • Very interesting & educational. Lots of plaques to read & learn about the exhibits. Even interesting for non-quilters, there were 3 in my group. Lots to appreciate: design, stitching, subject matter.....  more »
  • My wife is the quilting junkie: I just provide moral support (and woodworking support as needed). But I very much enjoyed this museum. We both thought it was an outstanding representation of a wide variety of quilts from around the world. The facility is beautiful and spacious and very elderly and handicapped friendly. Parking is on location, free, and spacious. The arrangement of quilts by exhibit rooms allows the visitor to digest the intricate complexities of quilting by global region. I particularly enjoyed the colorful quilts from India: they are breathtaking. This is a must see even if quilting is really "not your thing." You are sure to be impressed.
  • If you like quilts, this is a definite place to stop in. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month. It starts at 4 PM and lasts until 7 PM. One of the current exhibits they are featuring are “cheddar” quilts from the late 1800s to the early 1920s. There was quite an array of quilts to see from this time period. Another exhibit featured African quilts. A smaller exhibit featured log cabin quilts. All the exhibits had an introductory plaque explaining the origination, history and purposes of the type of quilt shown. Additional plaques are beside each quilt explaining in further detail about them with additional historical facts such as the years (or possible years) and the quilter’s name if it was known.
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