Shelburne Museum’s 400-plus 18th and 19th-century American quilts form the largest and finest museum collection in the country and are known internationally for their exceptional artistic quality. The collection features masterpieces from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, and the South. Styles include album, Amish, appliqué, chintz, crazy, pieced, white work, and whole cloth. Changing exhibitions each year display about 30 works, including recent acquisitions.
Art of the Needle: 100 Masterpiece Quilts from the Shelburne Museum, a catalogue of Shelburne’s finest pieces, is available at the Museum’s gift shop and through the online store.
Also on view is a rotating exhibition of hooked rugs. Most of the pieces in the 300-plus collection were produced in New England in the 19th century. Among the 20th century examples is a remarkable group of 50 statehood rugs by Molly Nye Tobey (1893-1984).
The Museum’s textile collection includes a large group of woven coverlets and samplers.
Quilts are exhibited primarily in Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery.