Just a short scenic drive from Des Moines via Interstates 80 or 35, Winterset is a picturesque and historic community. The Iowa Quilt Museum is located on the South side of the town square in a building that used to house a JC Penney store.

Visit the Madison County Chamber of Commerce website and find more ways to enjoy your visit to Winterset!


10:00 – 5:00 Monday – Saturday
12:00 – 4:00 Sunday

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday.

If Winterset Community Schools close for inclement weather, we will also close.


$6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children (ages 3-12) 

Free for Members – Learn more about membership!

Admission for Groups of 20+ is $5 per visitor. In order to secure adequate staffing, we greatly appreciate advanced notice of group tours.

Future Exhibits

Liz & Marianne’s Homecoming: A Fons & Porter Retrospective

October 1st, 2019 – January 5th, 2020

The world of quilting has been brought into the homes of millions in the US and abroad by two women who learned to quilt in Winterset, IA—Liz Porter and Marianne Fons. Their career took them from a mid-1970s beginning class at the ISU Extension office on the town square, to teaching others locally, writing best-selling quilt books, teaching and lecturing nationally, hosting a how-to program (Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting) nationwide on public television, and ownership of the most popular quilting magazine in the world. In July 2019, the duo will be inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN. To celebrate this honor, IQM will exhibit favorite works from these two hometown legends.

Doreen Speckmann Retrospective

January 7th – April 5th, 2020

On display for the first time since her untimely death in 1999, this exhibit will feature quilts by noted teacher Doreen Speckmann.

Man Made

April 7th – July 5th, 2020

In a woman-dominated artistic field, this exhibit will feature quilts made by men.

Out of Control

July 7th – October 4th, 2020

Wild quilts from the collections of Barbara Brackmann and Deb Rowden.