We are Open!

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

Contactless Transactions

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.

Gallery Procedures

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.


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!

Current Hours

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 – 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.

Current Exhibits

Beautiful Simplicity: Two Color Quilts

October 7th, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Quilters love both fabric and color, often combining as many prints and hues as possible in a single quilt. This exhibit shows what happens when clever quiltmakers—past and present—limit themselves to just two colors, usually a strong primary such as red or blue teamed with white.

String Theory: String-pieced Quilts from Past to Present

January 5 – March 21, 2021

String quilts are works made from (mostly) narrow strips of fabric—traditionally leftovers from other sewing. Economy-minded quilters saved money by utilizing “strings” of fabric accumulated in their scrap bags, often spending an incredible amount of time to fashion their frugal works.

A Quilted Garden: 
Floral Quilts from the New England Quilt Museum

March 23 – June 6, 2021

American quilters have always drawn design ideas from the world around them, often turning to their gardens for inspiration. These quilts, on loan from the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, show the ways in which quilters have used fabric, needle, and thread to imitate the beauties of nature.

40×40@40 – from the Manhattan Quilters Guild

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. Like Manhattan itself, membership in the guild is cosmopolitan and international consisting of designers, gallerists, curators, teachers, writers, bloggers, mentors, and entrepreneurs.