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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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Fascinating information engagingly presented about a subject many would find boring. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Genine A
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Coverlet

This museum provides a dedicated view of a piece of Americana that could disappear if not for the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Snowaway2015
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 24 December 2016

A very interesting stop. I hadn't given any thought to coverlets before we stopped here. It's worth a visit. The guy in the office gave us a tour which talked about the history of coverlet production in the US.

Thank Mike21951
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We got a lovely tour of this old school building that now has displays of old woven coverlets and old tools for weaving. Some people are still using the looms and there is a fantastic gift shop with items woven right there.

Thank Marge C
Reviewed 16 October 2016

"Where are you from?" Says the gentleman guarding the entrance to this eccentric but very well done textile museum in an unexpected place. He means, where did you grow up, because that determines what kind of introductory spiel you'll get. Coverlets? Who knew? Apparently lots...More

Thank Debby Z
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Second time at this museum and will come back again for the annual exhibit of spectacular coverlet collection. Nice gift shop and easy to find.

Thank goosewhisperer
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