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National Museum of the American Coverlet

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Address: 322 S Juliana St, Bedford, PA 15522-1734
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+1 814-623-1588
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

NMAC is the only full-time, year-round, independent institution devoted to...

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 December 2016
Annapolis, MD

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Coraopolis, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of people, but not us. It's a fabulous collection and quite nicely displayed. To recap... More 

Thank Debby Z
Rochester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Mesa, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 rest of the staff saving these historical coverlets.

Thank vintageweaver
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank LinRaysTravels
Wallingford, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The coverlets on display are outstanding. This is a beautiful display. Mr. Lazlo provided an incredibly thorough history of coverlets. It was much more interesting than I expected. It is a shame that this organization os so strapped for funds. The old school building that is home for this museum is in disrepair, but we did not find that this... More 

Thank Charles R
Ford City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I was amazed how weaving impacted history, migration and inventions. The display is an ever changing examples of coverlet made in early america. German, British, Dutch, etc. Several looms on display. Amazing insite into the daily life of a weaver in early America. Classes and workshops available. Newly aquire records currently being restored and intigrated into the large collection. Please... More 

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Severn, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Was in the area, so it wasn't so bad. As a primary focus of a road trip, not so much. Met by an older gent full of coverlet info and trivia and sent in to the museum proper. It's all about woven bed covers (NOT quilts). That was made clear at the get go. Learned about weaving and linen production,... More 

Thank Bibliotekr
Cumberland, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Such a nice surprise, found the museum on trip adviser and the reviews surely did not disappoint! Toured the museum with my mom and husband and my husband enjoyed it just as much as we did! The coverlets were beautiful and truly unique and the display of looms were great too! True American History at its finest.

Thank trval85

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