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National Museum of the American Coverlet

322 S Juliana St, Bedford, PA 15522-1734
+1 814-623-1588
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Stopped in on a road trip

Driving on I 70/76 and wife suggested a break by stopping here. In an 1800s old school; although a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
OldTimer33592
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Princeton NJ
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Amazing collection

Who knew there was a museum on coverlets? And that the cards that enabled weavers to create these... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
pattelbert
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Alexandria, Virginia
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NMAC is the only full-time, year-round, independent institution devoted to the display, preservation and study of (antique) American woven coverlets. The Museum is open seven days a week. Each visitor is given a personal tour.Currently, the (400-plus) collection includes coverlets made between 1771 and 1889. Exhibitions change periodically. Generally there are about 50 coverlets on display along with "period" beds and bedding, and spinning and weaving equipment including looms and a (rare) Jacquard head. We are located in a former Common School building (dating to 1859) in the historic district of downtown Bedford, PA.
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322 S Juliana St, Bedford, PA 15522-1734

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Driving on I 70/76 and wife suggested a break by stopping here. In an 1800s old school; although a visit was short - I found it interesting for the old Americana. She found the coverlet display spectacular. (She is a weaver / fibers fan.) The...More

Thank OldTimer33592
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Who knew there was a museum on coverlets? And that the cards that enabled weavers to create these spreads were one of the inspirations for the modern computer? Yes, they will tell you these things-- and show off their collection. We got a personal tour,...More

Thank pattelbert
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Found flyer on this museum at dinner and remembered seeing something in another tourist book. Decided to go see. Oh how glad we were. Spent almost two hours viewing this magnificent display of woven coverlets. Gentleman in gift shop thoroughly explained the historical significance of...More

Thank travelinquilter
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This Museum, housed in a beautiful old school built in the 1800s, is such a gem. American Coverlets are a little known but outstanding example of early American craftsmanship. These coverlets that are beautifully displayed are sophisticated works of art. The museum and the tour...More

Thank Henrietta L
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Fascinating information engagingly presented about a subject many would find boring. The owner/curator husband & wife team offer an in-depth history of this art that is seen nowhere else in America. A definite must-visit for anyone interested in the textile arts.

Thank Genine A
Reviewed 1 September 2017

This museum provides a dedicated view of a piece of Americana that could disappear if not for the few people who have devoted much of their time and money to preserving this history. The narration provided by the staff enhances the tour with bits of...More

Thank Snowaway2015
Reviewed 11 August 2017

I learned more fascinating information in about 1 1/2 hours visiting this museum than I have in most places I have visited. Museum guide Lazlo, a very kind older gentleman, gave us the most succinct, excellent history summary possible to prepare us to look on...More

1  Thank Maryann C
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped because my wife was interested and she had endured my Civil war sites. Wasn't expecting much, but found an interesting museum about a little known topic. Owners are joy to talk with.

Thank Dick B
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Our group of 17 visited this museum today and the curator gave us an excellent tour. Turns out that American-made coverlets have something to teach us about technology (loom punch cards were a precursor to computer cards); history; immigration patterns from Europe; design; fibers and...More

Thank Virginia_Elizabeth
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

This was one of those places we decided to explore on a whim. We had no particular interest in coverlets - didn't even really know what they are. What we found was an intriguing collection that really opened our eyes to history, fabric arts, and...More

1  Thank pquartz
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Hours Mon thru Sat: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday:12 noon- 4 p.m Admission Regular -- $10 Children under 12 years -– Free Group rates available
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