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.

Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts.

Curated by Julie Silber

June 20 – September 10, 2023

House and Home – our collective Starting Point. The House is the holder and the center of our lives, from the very start.

Artists have long depicted Houses in every medium: on walls, on canvas, in wood, fiber, and whatever was at hand.  The image has been used to symbolize beginning, anchor, woman, security, family, privacy (our separation from the public world) and more. 

The house is a frequent element in School Girl Samplers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Quilt makers, too, occasionally worked individual interpretations of Houses into their quilts before the end of the 19th century.  A few of those early examples are included in this exhibition. 

Then … in the 1890s, commercial patterns for the House design appeared in newspapers and magazines in increasing numbers – and a trend was born!  Over the next decades, House and Schoolhouse quilts began to pop up in large numbers and in a host of variations.

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.