Fascinating History Awaits at the Virginia Quilt Museum

A quilt from the Virginia Quilt MuseumView state history like never before at the Virginia Quilt Museum. From the beautiful heirloom quilts to the contemporary quilts, you will enjoy your time at this unique museum.

About the Virginia Quilt Museum

Founded in 1995, the Virginia Quilt Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, this museum is the Official Quilt Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Featuring heirloom quilts, contemporary quilts, and art quilts the museum offers a unique blend of state art and cultural heritage. With the surplus of educational programs, group tours, and special events, you’re bound to enjoy your time.

Soon, the Virginia Quilt Museum will hold a permanent exhibit and self-guided tour in the historic Warren-Sipe House. Built in 1856 this home was first owned by Edward T. Harrison Warren. Warren is a descendant of Thomas Harrison, a founding father of Harrisonburg, and after his passing the home has served several great functions. Most famously known as a Civil War Hospital for locals of the Shenandoah Valley, this home has played a large role in Virginia history.


With the rotating rounds of exhibits, guests will be able to see both quilts from the museum’s collection and traveling exhibitions. Exhibits change every four months typically between mid-February and mid-December.

Past Exhibits

  • The Magic of Mirrors: The Beauty of Kaleidoscope Quilts
  • Tales from a Mayan Huipil: Art Quilts inspired by Guatemalan Weavings
  • Dear Jane Revisited: Contemporary interpretations of the 1863 Jane Stickle quilt
  • Miniatures for the Millennium: Tina Gravett’s miniature quilts representing different time periods in quilting history
  • Treasures Underfoot: Small wall hangings depicting the artistic designs found on Japanese manhole covers
  • Memories by the Sackful: Feedsack quilts and milling memorabilia
  • 5 Generations of Mennonite Quilts: Quilts from the Family of Barbara Cline

Upcoming Exhibits

  • Three Decades of Quilting Friendship
  • Quilt Study of Civil War Era Quilts
  • Mary Spitzer Etter Collection

Visit the Museum

The museum is typically open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is as follows: adults are $7, students (age 5 and up) are $5, children under 5 are free, VQM members are free, and military are free between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Visit Harrisonburg

While planning a visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum, make your way to explore the rest of Harrisonburg. Enjoy your down time during your visit with a stay at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages. As the city of Harrisonburg’s first official bed and breakfast, we offer a unique combination of the pleasure of a peaceful country retreat and the convenience of a location within minutes of the amenities and entertainment throughout the city. By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages is conveniently located less than 10 minutes away from the Virginia Quilt Museum making your visit that much easier. For more information on things to do in Harrisonburg, VA, make sure you download our free Shenandoah Valley Vacation Guide full of great information about the area. We look forward to booking your stay and hearing all about your visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum!