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Established in 1991, the National Quilt Museum displays quilts, textiles and fiber art made by local artists and quilters from around the world. The museum hosts traveling exhibits alongside displaying pieces from the permanent collection. The museum also hosts quilting and fiber art workshops for children and adults throughout the year. As of 2019, admission to the museum is free for children under 12 and twelve to sixteen dollars for adults with discounts offered for seniors and students.


  • The museum was established by Paducah residents in 1991.
  • Quilts on display inside the museum.
  • The wooden quilt that is part of the museum collection.

The museum was opened by Meredith and Bill Shroeder, a couple from Paducah, in 1991. The Shroeders were long-time quilters who also founded the American Quilters Society in 1984. They started the museum with 85 quilts from their personal collection. The museum has acquired over 600 quilting and fiber art pieces over the years that it has been open.
All of the pieces in the museum collection are contemporary pieces, all made from the 1980s to present.

The museum changes the exhibits on an average of ten times a year, and the exhibits include traveling exhibits that display works from artists from around the world. The quilts on display range from the abstract to the traditional. The museum owns and regularly displays a carved and painted wooden quilt sculpture that mimics the appearance of a cloth quilt.

Educational activities and workshops are offered at the museum for both children and adults. They have a Junior Quilters Club and a quilting camp for children. They also host a quilting contest that can be entered by people anywhere in the world. Every year they host the New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest where people reimagine a classic quilting technique or pattern. 

History. The National Quilt Museum. https://quiltmuseum.org/about-us/history/.

Community remembers American Quilter’s Society co-founder Bill Schroeder. WPSD Local. May 15, 2017. https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/community-remembers-american-quilter-s-society-co-founder-bill-schroeder/article_e6e01a32-8d5d-52c5-a738-030ca32d5e0c.html.