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, 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.

$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 $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

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. In keeping with the latest guidance from the CDC, we encourage all visitors, even those who are vaccinated, to wear masks as well.

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.

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 Carissa Heckathorn: director@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.

Current Exhibit

Here Comes the Sun

November 16, 2021 – January 23, 2022

Future Exhibits

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.

Midwest Modern

April 12 – June 26, 2022

Midwest Modern is a cool prairie vibe where undulating
fields meet urban cool. Modern quilts from around the
midwest are inspired by the architecture of their cities,
from Frank Llyoyd Wright through Mies van der Rohe to
Jeanne Gang. They are shaped by the horizons where
the sky meets the farmland, lakes both great and small,
the blend between industry and agriculture, and rooted
firmly in the needle traditions of American patchwork—
both traditional quilting and the more austere lines of old
dark Amish quilts. Curated by Heather Kinion

Marti Michell, Yours Truly

June 28 – September 25, 2022

Quilting legend Marti Michell is a champion of both the
art and business of quilting. This exhibit will honor her
far-reaching contributions to both, here in her home