The New England Quilt Museum is a private, non-profit corporation, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Located in historic downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, the museum is housed within the Lowell Institute for Savings an 18,000-square-foot, classic Greek revival style, building built in 1845, by master craftsman Josiah Peabody.
Founded in 1987, the museum primarily focuses on collecting and preserving antique and contemporary quilts and quilt related items. There are more than 150 quilts and quilt tops, representing the history of American quilt making, in collection.
Permanent collections include a fine collection of 18th-century quilts made by well-known art quilters. Sewing machines and educational materials are also on display.
Some of the highlights are Archipelago the first quilt in the collection of the museum, Album Summer Coverlet a quilt with 20 different blocks, and Eight-Pointed Star a rare example of an early New England high-style quilt. Also, of special significance is a gift of 33 quilts acquired from the collection of Gail Binney and her father, Edwin Binney III, in 1991.
A library and a store carrying an interesting array of unique gifts, handcrafted items, and quilting tools can be found on the museum premises, as well.
Guided tours, school programs, tours, and workshops are also offered here.