From Museum CEO, Frank Bennett
Thank you for planning a trip to The National Quilt Museum. During this challenging time, the health of our staff and visitors is of the upmost importance. The museum is following guidelines informed by both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Healthy at Work initiative.
Maintaining a healthy environment requires the cooperation of everyone that enters our facility, the National Quilt Museum requires that all employee and visitors wear masks during their visit. Also, we ask that everyone maintain a social distance of six feet or more.
Thank you for helping guarantee that the museum is a safe and healthy place for everyone to visit and enjoy the art of quilting.
The State of Kentucky has mandated that all museum visitors wear a mask while inside the facility. Please maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
Masks are available upon request.
March 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020
In September 2019, Shannon Downey purchased an unfinished embroidered map of the United States and a container of supplies at an estate sale with the intent of finishing the project. The quilt had been started by 99 year old, Rita Smith before she passed. Little did she know that this project would become a global phenomenon.More info
African Jazz Series
July 17 - September 15, 2020
Michael A. Cummings, a native of Los Angeles, currently lives and sews in the 100-year-old Harlem brownstone he purchased in the early 1980s. “I guess you could say that my home is like my art: It is a living, breathing collage.”
Cummings’ work as a quiltmaker -- an art form which dates back centuries and involves the piecing together of fabric to form something new -- has brought him national and international attention. In addition to the HBO commission, Cummings has had solo exhibitions with Bates College in Maine, Hallmark Cards, New York City's Cinque Gallery and Studio Museum in Harlem.
New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Wheel of Fortune
July 10 – October 6, 2020
This exhibition features the winning and finalist quilts from around the world in a competition for the most innovative interpretations of the traditional Wheel of Fortune pattern.
Sponsored by Janome and Moda Fabrics
For the digital NQOF 2020 Gallery Guide, click here.
For a copy of the 2022 New Quilts from an Old Favorite brochure, click here.More info
OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric
June 8 – September 8, 2020
In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which had been drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. It delineated the rights to which all humans in all countries should be entitled. Forty-six artists from six countries created this collection of 62 art quilts based on those rights. This poignant collection includes quilts celebrating the heroes who fought for rights long denied to various groups of people as well as the events that drew the attention of news media as well as the public. Personal stories round out the collection. Viewers will be moved and encouraged.