Featuring rotating exhibits of historic & contemporary quilts


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.

April 1 – October 31
10:00 – 5:00 Monday– Saturday
12:00 – 4:00 Sunday

November 1 – March 31
10:00 – 4:00 Monday– Saturday
12:00 – 4:00 Sunday

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday and the Fourth of July.

Closing at 1:00 on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

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

$8.00 for Adults
$7.00 for Seniors, Veterans and Active Military
$5.00 for Children (ages 3-12)
$5.00 for Students (including undergraduate and graduate) with ID 
Free for Members

Touring the museum usually takes about 45 minutes, depending on whether or not you want to read all of the signage.

Admission for Groups of 20+ is $6 per visitor. Learn more about bringing a group to the Iowa Quilt Museum by selecting the Group Tours tab to the left.

Photos, Pixels, & Pizzazz: Recent Quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

December 12, 2023 – March 10, 2024

Throughout my 48-year career as a quilt artist, I have loved bold, graphic designs, brilliant colors and illusions of light and shadow. That’s the PIZZAZZ. In the same 48 years, the tools available to achieve those effects in fabric have changed dramatically. When I began quilting, the rotary cutter seemed revolutionary. In 1989, when I won Best of Show at the American Quilters Society show with a machine quilted, contemporary design, it caused a minor uproar among traditionalists. At that time, I was still drawing my designs on graph paper with colored pencils. In 1990 I purchased my first computer, and immediately began looking for ways to use it as a design tool. That’s where the PIXELS come in. My current computer is a Microsoft Surface Design Studio, which allows me to draw and paint directly on a touch screen. Some of the PHOTOS I have used in my recent quilts were taken by my husband, Ron Gentry. The others were all taken by me. Most of the quilts in Photos, Pixels & Pizzazz have been made in the last ten years. 

Group Tours

Admission for groups of 20 or more is $6 per person.

In order to have adequate staff on hand, we appreciate advanced notice for group tours.

Groups can schedule a guided gallery walk with Marianne Fons. Cost is $150 per group. Subject to availability. Contact Museum Director Carissa Heckathorn: director@IowaQuiltMuseum.org

Guided Tours

The Iowa Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the addition of a new guided tour experience. Megan Barrett, former Director of the Museum, and now a  Certified Professional Tour Guide, will be leading interpretive tours for small groups visiting the Museum.

Tours are by appointment only and will be conducted on Fridays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Museum, starting August 18, 2023. The tours will last 45 minutes to 1 hour; the $25 guide fee is in addition to admission.

Reservations for tours must be made in advance, at least 10 days prior to the desired Friday, by contacting the museum at 515-462-5988.  A guided interpretive tour can greatly enhance your visit to the Iowa Quilt Museum.

The Iowa Quilt Museum gift shop offers a wide variety of quilting-related items and gifts. Many of the pieces in our shop are hand-made by local quilters and artists. There’s no doubt that you can find a unique souvenir for yourself or a gift for someone else.