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National Museum of the American Coverlet

322 S Juliana St, Bedford, PA 15522-1734
+1 814-623-1588
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Definitely visit if you are nearby, and take a trip if not!

I learned more fascinating information in about 1 1/2 hours visiting this museum than I have in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maryann C
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Diablo,CA
Hidden gem of unusual history

Stopped because my wife was interested and she had endured my Civil war sites. Wasn't expecting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dick B
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NMAC is the only full-time, year-round, independent institution devoted to the display, preservation and study of (antique) American woven coverlets. The Museum is open seven days a week. Each visitor is given a personal tour.Currently, the (400-plus) collection includes coverlets made between 1771 and 1889. Exhibitions change periodically. Generally there are about 50 coverlets on display along with "period" beds and bedding, and spinning and weaving equipment including looms and a (rare) Jacquard head. We are located in a former Common School building (dating to 1859) in the historic district of downtown Bedford, PA.
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322 S Juliana St, Bedford, PA 15522-1734
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I learned more fascinating information in about 1 1/2 hours visiting this museum than I have in most places I have visited. Museum guide Lazlo, a very kind older gentleman, gave us the most succinct, excellent history summary possible to prepare us to look on...More

1  Thank Maryann C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped because my wife was interested and she had endured my Civil war sites. Wasn't expecting much, but found an interesting museum about a little known topic. Owners are joy to talk with.

Thank Dick B
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Our group of 17 visited this museum today and the curator gave us an excellent tour. Turns out that American-made coverlets have something to teach us about technology (loom punch cards were a precursor to computer cards); history; immigration patterns from Europe; design; fibers and...More

Thank Virginia_Elizabeth
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

This was one of those places we decided to explore on a whim. We had no particular interest in coverlets - didn't even really know what they are. What we found was an intriguing collection that really opened our eyes to history, fabric arts, and...More

1  Thank pquartz
Reviewed 24 December 2016

A very interesting stop. I hadn't given any thought to coverlets before we stopped here. It's worth a visit. The guy in the office gave us a tour which talked about the history of coverlet production in the US.

Thank Mike21951
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We got a lovely tour of this old school building that now has displays of old woven coverlets and old tools for weaving. Some people are still using the looms and there is a fantastic gift shop with items woven right there.

Thank Marge C
Reviewed 16 October 2016

"Where are you from?" Says the gentleman guarding the entrance to this eccentric but very well done textile museum in an unexpected place. He means, where did you grow up, because that determines what kind of introductory spiel you'll get. Coverlets? Who knew? Apparently lots...More

Thank Debby Z
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Second time at this museum and will come back again for the annual exhibit of spectacular coverlet collection. Nice gift shop and easy to find.

Thank goosewhisperer
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I came from Arizona to the Coverlet College to ooooooh and aaaaaah over the coverlets. It's amazing what they could make way back when. The NMAC has a wonderful collection of 19th century coverlets. We are so blessed to have Melinda, the board, and the...More

Thank vintageweaver
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Very interesting and amazing to see some of our history. Was surprised we were allowed to take pictures. Located in an old school and sadly needs a good deal of work.

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