The Virginia Quilt Museum showcases a variety of curated exhibits throughout the year. Exhibitions of both heirloom and contemporary quilts are changed every four months and feature quilts from our own collection as well as visiting pieces. Our normal exhibition season is mid-February through mid-December. The museum closes during exhibit changes.

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May 17 – September 10, 2016


American Pride: Eagles and Stars
Visiting Exhibit - Curators Pat and Arlan Christ

The Christs, husband and wife quilt collectors and historians from Pennsylvania, dedicate their exhibit of 19th century patriotic quilts and coverlets to those who have served in the United States military and their families who remained at home to provide the food, clothing and materials needed to supply the troops.  These creations are a true testament of the "American Pride" that was worked into each stitch.

Inspired by the National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years
Visiting Exhibit - Curated by Donna De Soto

A colorful celebration of the 59 US National Parks, this breathtaking collection of 177 original art quilts depicts the widely varying flora, fauna and landscapes of each of our nation's National Parks. Delight in the textile tributes to these national treasures - from Acadia in Maine, to Voyageurs in Minnesota, to Yosemite in California, to Haleakalā in Hawaii, to our very own, Shenandoah. This exhibit features primarily Virginia quilt artists.

(This exhibit continues on our Upper Level)


Presidential Connections: Quilts, Virginians, and the Whig Party
From the Collection of Wayne Harrison and the VQM

Just in time for the heat of the presidential race, this exhibit presents a series of quilts and material items related to presidential campaigns. All items demonstrate connections between Presidents with Virginia family connections and the Whig Party. The early-mid 19th Century political connections as demonstrated by quilt patterns and campaign memorabilia are certain to impress any fan of American history and politics.


Along the Spice Route
Visiting Exhibit - Curators Paula Golden & Ann Reardon

Returning crusader knights brought with them treasure chests not filled with jewels, but cinnamon, ginger, and peppercorns. The story of spices, some 5,000 years old, is also the history of trade and commerce. The American continent would not have been discovered as early, had it not been for the European desire to break the Arab traders' spice monopoly.

Along the Spice Route features 41 wall quilts depicting artistic interpretations of spices that refine modern cuisine. The exhibit offers an opportunity to discover the spices' countries of origin, the importance of ancient trade routes, and the lasting connections between the world's cultural heritages.