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International Quilt Study Center & Museum Tour

Get a sneak peek at quilts from around the world and through the ages through this "virtual tour" of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

Innovative Exterior

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln is a treasure of a destination for quilters. The building is a state-of-the-art green facility.


Lead the Way

Inside, breathtaking museum-quality exhibits await quilters.

On Display

Three galleries of rotating exhibits are on display in temperature, light, and humidity-controlled conditions.

Diverse Collection

The IQSCM collection includes more than 2,300 quilts. At any on time, about 45 to 55 quilts are on display. A Pojagi exhibit (on display in late 2008), showcased Korean patchwork and quilts.

Eye Candy

The quilts were an interesting mixture of fabrics, colors, and textures. Fabrics used included heavy silk, silk gauze, ramie, hemp, and cotton.

International Exhibit

Some traditional Korean garments and costumes were included in the Pojagi exhibit. Most were on loan from the extensive collection of Mrs. Soon-Hee Kim, director of the Chojun Textile and Quilt Art Museum in Seoul, South Korea.

Listen Along

For most exhibits, visitors can enjoy a self-guided audio tour to learn more about the quilts on display.

Savvy Storage

Behind-the-scenes planning to document and preserve the museum’s quilts is equally amazing. Depending on size, quilts are stored one or two per box. Automated shelving units slide along floor tracks allowing storage for up to 8,000 quilts.

Protect and Preserve

Quilts too delicate to be folded are stored flat on individual trays that slide out.

My Crazy Dreams

The crazy quilt My Crazy Dreams by M.M.H. Ricard has many of the elements the IQSCM desires when selecting quilts for its collection.

Unique Feature

My Crazy Dreams features a lithograph photo of the quiltmaker.  

Stitched Detail

It also includes her stitched name and the dates 1877-1912.

Unfinished Quilt

“Despite the 35-year span, the quilt isn’t done,” says Carolyn Ducey, curator of collections. “You can still see basting stitches.”

Quilt Study

Staff and trained volunteers conduct an object survey to record the size of each quilt in the collection, its condition, and the fabric or fiber content.

Quilt Database

The information is recorded in the database, along with the year the quilt came into the collection, its unique identification number, and its photo.

Learning Opportunity

The IQSCM is also a place of learning. College students work under the direction of Michael James, professor and chair of the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design at the University of Nebraska.

Virtual Gallery

The Virtual Gallery is a treat for visitors. Touch-screen computer stations allow visitors to see nearly all of the quilts in the collection, to design their own patterns, and to watch short videos on related textiles history.  

Leave Your Mark

There’s even a booth to record your own short video about your quilting history or your trip to the IQSCM.

Gift Shop

Don’t miss a trip to the second-floor gift shop filled with fun quilt-related gifts.


Benefactors Ardis and Robert James’ are especially notable in the development of the museum. The gift of their private collection of 950 quilts is the centerpiece of the IQSCM’s collection.

Plan Your Visit

Called the Metropolitan Museum of Quilts by some, the IQSCM offers a one-of-a-kind experience for quilters. Make the trip to this must-see destination soon. For more information, visit


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