The Iowa Quilt Museum (IQM), housed in an historic building on the town square in Winterset, Iowa, will open its doors to the public Saturday, May 21, with a spectacular debut exhibition titled, Three Centuries of Red + White Quilts.

Opening Saturday, May 21, 2016
Grand Opening, Saturday, June 4, 2016

The museum’s opening exhibition features some 30 quilted works from the 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s, a few made in Madison County, most from beyond. Guest curator is Virginia Berger.

MuseumRendering_FinalThe new museum gives visitors to Madison County a new reason to spend time in a classic, rural town center.

Located on the south side of the town square in historic Winterset—birthplace of John Wayne, county seat of Madison County, home of the Bridges of Madison County—our unique space occupies a storefront that was for many years a JC Penney local branch. The facility offers changing exhibits—three to four per year—of American quilts both vintage and new.

The Iowa Quilt Museum welcomes quilters, quilt lovers, history buffs, and all appreciators of American art and culture.

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Our building in 1939: J.C. Penney Company