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


Our mission is to promote appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting through displays of quilts and information about quilt history.



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Located on the south side of the town square in historic Winterset, Iowa—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 museum offers changing exhibits—three to four per year—of American quilts both vintage and new.


Second Story Capital Campaign

We’re in the process of raising $40,000 to complete necessary upgrades and repairs to the second story of our historic building. Thanks to the generosity of supporters from across the country, we’re over halfway to our goal! Find out why what work needs to be done and how you can help get us there!

The Latest from Iowa QuiltScape

Iowa QuiltScape for November 13, 2020

Virtual Gallery Walk Beautiful Simplicity: Two Color Quilts Exhibit curator, Sarah Walcott, Collections Manager at the International Quilt Museum, will join us next Wednesday for a virtual walk through the gallery of Beautiful... Read More

Iowa QuiltScape for October 8, 2020

Beautiful Simplicity: Two Color Quilts Now on Exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum In these twenty-five quilts from the collection of the International Quilt Museum, makers and collectors alike have recognized the striking... Read More