Featuring rotating exhibits of historic & contemporary quilts
EVERY VISIT IS A BRAND NEW EXPERIENCE!
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, and Easter Sunday.
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.
$6.00 for Adults
$4.00 for Children (ages 3-12)
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 $5 per visitor. Learn more about bringing a group to the Iowa Quilt Museum by selecting the Group Tours tab at left.
Additional Local Attractions
Award-winning Downtown Shopping District
Piece Works Quilt Shop
Ben Franklin Store with great quilting section
Bridges of Madison County
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Madison County Historical Complex
Covered Bridges Scenic Byway
And Much More!
Because COVID-19 is still circulating, we will be taking extra precautions to keep our staff, volunteers and guests as safe as possible while they are visiting the Iowa Quilt Museum
When you purchase your admission or an item from the gift shop, you’ll be able to do so without having contact with our staff or our cash register. We will not ask for signatures and you will be able to insert your own credit card. We prefer credit transactions for this reason, but will still accept cash or check.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
We will increase our cleaning and sanitizing procedures as directed by the CDC and the EPA. High-frequency touch surfaces such as the counter top and door handles will be sanitized between each guest as often as is possible.
All of our staff and volunteers will wear masks that cover the mouth and nose while they are in contact with visitors. We strongly encourage visitors to wear masks, but are not requiring it at this point.
Guests are asked to maintain a distance of six feet between themselves and other visitors or IQM staff members. Additionally, guests will be asked to follow a one-way path through the gallery.
Admission for groups of 20 or more is $5 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 Megan Barrett: direcor@IowaQuiltMuseum.org
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.
Celebrating 40 Years of the Manhattan Quilters Guilt
June 8 – August 29, 2021
This exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of Manhattan Quilters Guild, celebrating the signature styles of their 21 members. What began as a small group of strangers responding to an ad in Quilters Newsletter Magazine—novice quilters sitting around a dining room table in Manhattan—has progressed into a select group of established artists who continue to meet in Manhattan. Their work, rooted in traditional craft, has evolved into fiber art forms that often go beyond quilts.
Mary Barton’s Quilt & Textile Legacy
August 31 – November 14, 2021
Mary Barton’s desire to collect, understand, and share resulted in one of the most comprehensive collections of quilts, costumes, and fashion plates ever assembled and donated to public institutions. Mary was one of the first to collect both clothing and women’s magazines as a means to provide a reliable way of documenting and dating quilts by the fabrics they contained. Her meticulous notes and countless scrapbooks have made important comparative studies possible.
Here Comes the Sun
November 16, 2021 – January 23, 2022
Each winter, the days grow shorter, darkness envelopes more hours of the day, and color drains away from our natural landscape. Just a the ancients celebrated the winter solstice with rituals designed to encourage the sun’s return, we will honor the sun with a study of the color orange in both historic and contemporary quilts.
Deeds Not Words: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
January 25 – April 10, 2022
Sandra Sider, Texas Quilt Museum, co-curator
Pam Weeks, New England Quilt Museum, co-curator
Twenty-eight award-winning artists from across the United States have created new works to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
The subjects chosen by the artists reflect the national scope and history of the nearly eighty-year fight for votes for women. Viewed through the lens of contemporary events, the works created for this exhibition are an especially poignant reminder that the act of voting is essential to American democracy.
The national tour is sponsored by eQuilter.com, with additional support from Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes.