Historical Sites, Museums, & Sites of Interest

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The Heard Museum
Located in Phoenix, this museum contains a spectacular collection of native American art.



California Academy of Science
Located in San Francisco, this museum has a special online guide to Coptic Textiles. They also have a Navajo Weaving Diorama

de Young Museum
Located in San Francisco, a favorite museum in the Bay Area.

Indian Basket Museum
Located in Tahoe City, CA this museum houses this collection of over 800 rare baskets, dolls, and artifacts from the Marion Steinbach collection.

Legion of Art
As an added bonus, they have free concerts on weekends. San Francisco.

Los Angels County Museum of Art
These images are from the textile collection located in Los Angeles, CA.

Oakland Museum of California

San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum
San Francisco.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose.

Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum
Located in Tahoe City, this museum houses this collection of over 800 rare baskets, dolls, and artifacts.

Weaving Art Museum and Research Institute (WAMRI)
This virtual museum focuses on masterpiece weavings produced in the eastern Mediterranean region.


Notah Dineh Trading Company & Museum
Located in Cortez, CO, this commercial site also has a museum along with excellent images of traditional Native American art.


Hanks Silk Mill
Located near Mansfield, this museum believed to be the first water-powered silk mill in the United States.

Molas: A Web Exhibition
The William Benton Museum of Art presents this show.

Windham Textile and History Museum
Located in an actual 19th century textile company store, this museum can be found in Willimantic, CT.

Washington D.C.

National Museum of the American Art
From the White House Collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
Located in Washington, DC, this museum is part of the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Museum
There are over 30,000 pieces in their textile collection.

Textile Museum, Washington DC
Located in Washington, DC.





The Ctahr Historic Costume Collection
Part of the University of Hawaii.



The Art Institute of Chicago
Located in Chicago, this museum has an extensive textile collection.


Indianapolis Museum of Art
Located in Indianapolis, IN, includes a special textile and costume collection.








The American Textile History Museum
Located in Lowell, MA.

Boott Cotton Mill
Located in Lowell, MA, this cotton mill has been restored into a museum.

Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
Located in Waltham, MA, this textile museum is located in an old mill.

Hancock Shaker Village
Located in western Mass., this village is a recreation of a Shaker community.

New Bedford Textile Museum
Located in New Bedford, MA, there is special exhibit on textiles.

Westford Museum
Located in Westford, this museum has hosted spinning events.


Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Located Deerborn, this site includes the Hanks Silk Mill, a Textiles Shop and the Plymouth Carding Mill.

Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts
Located in Kalamazoo, this museum contains a display on lace.


Goldstein Museum of Design
Located St. Paul.

Monastic Heritage Museum of St. Benedict's Monastery
Located in St. Joseph, MN.





International Quilt Study Center
Located in Lincoln, NE, they includes the collection of Robert and Helen Cargo's African-American quilts.

Museum of Nebraska Art

Robert Hillstad Textiles Gallery
Also located in Lincoln, NE, they offer a variety of textile exhibits.


Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center
Reno, Nevada.

Genoa Courthouse Museum
Genoa, NV. Housed in the oldest standing court house in the state, this museum intreprets the history of Nevada's oldest settlement through exhibits of the original jail and courtroom, typical household views, Washoe Indian basket making, and the Pony Express exhibit.

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Miller-Cory House
Located in Westfield, NJ, with the aim to effectively create the atmosphere of an 18th century farm.

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
Located in Madison.

Paterson Museum
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New Mexico

Millicent Rogers Museum
This article, from The Collector's Guide to the Art of New Mexico site, introduces this 40-year-old museum.

Museurm of International Folk Art
Located in Santa Fe, their collection contains more than 17,000 textile items.

The Neutrogena Textile Collection
The Collector's Guide site describes this collection located at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museums
The La Plaza site includes links to the museums in Taos.

New York

Antonio Ratti Textile Center
Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

American Handweaving Museum
Located in Clayton.

Brookside-Saratoga County History Center
Located in Ballstone Spa, NY.

The Costume Institute
Yet another reason to go to the Met.

Hill Hold Museum
Located in Orange County, this musem has a variety of spinning wheels and looms.

Museum Village
Located in Monroe, NY.

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)/ConnexUs/Dine
National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, NY.

The Paracas Textile
This Brooklyn Museum site shows their most famous Peruvian textile.

Structure and Surface
The MoMA in New York hosted this excellent show on current Japanese textiles.

The Yorktown Museum
This Yorktown Heights Museum has an example of an 18th-Century home.

North Carolina

North Dakota


Kent State Museum
Located in Kent, they host an impressive textile collection.

Sock Machine Museum
Located in Dayton, this site has information on sock knitting macines.

When Silk was Gold
Central Asian and Chinese Textiles in The Cleveland and Metropolitan Museums of Art, through January 4, 1998.



Thomas Kay Woolen Mill Museum
This is the "fleece to fabric" display that graphically demonstrates "turn-of-the-century" technology in use when Thomas Kay started Oregon's famous textile tradition. Located in Salem.

Latimer Quilt & Textile Center
Located in Tillamook.


Fabric Workshop and Museum
Located in Philadephia.

Mysteries of the Maghreb: Rugs and Textiles of North Africa
The Arthur Ross Gallery site, located at the University of Penn.

Paley Design Center
Located in Philadelphia, the Paley Design Center of the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science is dedicated to collection, care, and display of textiles. The current collection of over 1.5 million items is used by students, researchers and the textile community worldwide.

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota


Englewood Textile Museum
Located in Englewood, this museum tells the story of Englewood and focuses on the roll of women in the development of this unique southern textile town




Shelburne Museum
Located in Shelburne, VT, this museum has a large textile display.


Cumberland Textiles Museum
Located in Abingdon, VA, the claim to be the only production textile museum in U.S.

Red Hill
Patrick Henry's last home and burial place near Brookneal, Virginia includes a spinning wheel in the Cook's Cabin.


West Virginia

Lost River Craft Cooperative




National Wool Museum
Located in Geelong, Australia.

Wool Museum
Located in Naracoorte, Australia.


Lace Centre
Located in Bruges, the Lace Centre includes a full schedule of demonstrations, courses, and a museum.


Barrington Woolen Mill
This site, hosted by the Nova Scotia Museum, is located in Barrington, Nova Scotia.

Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation
They have a section on the Doukhobors, Itchiku Kubota and much, much more.

Costume Museum of Canada
Located in Dugald, Manitoba, this museum holds a collection of clothing and textiles artifacts.

Hooser Weaving Centre
Located in Surrey, British Columbia.

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
Located in Ontario, Canada, this museum features information on Canada's woolen manufacturing.

Musee McCord Museum
Located in Montreal, this museum contains 16,000+ items in its textile collection.

The Museum for Textiles
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

St. James Church Textile Museum
Located in New Brunswick, Canada, this museum carries working spinning and weaving collection.

Textile Museum of Canada
Located in Toronto, this museum claims to be the only museum in Canada devoted to textiles.

Westfield Heritage Centre
Located in Rockton, Ontario, this recreation has a spinning wheel shop

Wile Carding Mill
Located in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.


The China Silk Museum

Suzhou Silk Museum
The museum has an extensive exhibit on silk.


The Museum at Trelleborg, Denmark
Located in Trelleborg, Slgelse, Denmark. This museum recreates a Viking village.


The Canuts and the "Maison des Canuts" Museum
Located in Lyons, this textile museum has a focus on silk weaving.

L'atelier de soierie
Located in Lyons.

Musée de L'Impression Sur Étoffes Mulhouse
Mulhouse hase a long history of textiles.

Musée des Arts de la Mode et du Textile
Located in Paris, this museum has a special display on silk.

Musée de la Soie
This museum has the last spinning Jenny in France.

Textile Museum
Located in Lyon, France, they house a collection of roughly 30,000 costumes from the 18th century to the present.


Bauhaus Archive
Located in Berlin.

Deutsches Museum - Die Textilfabrik
This German museum has an exhibit on the Industrial Revolution. There's even a tiny photo showing a spinning jenny.


Silk Museum of Soufli
Located in Soufli.


The Calico Museum Of Textiles
Located in Ahmedabad, Gujrat this museum has started in 1949 and carries rare textiles from around India.


Iran's Carpet Museum
Located northwest of Laleh Park in Tehran. This site has some stunning images.


The Sheelan Irish Lace Museum
Located near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh


Museo Didattico della Seta
Located in Como, this museum is focused on silk.

Hong Kong

Heavens' Embroidered Cloths
This Asian Arts site talks about this show at the Hong Kong Museum of Art on 1000+ years of Asian art.


Kanebo Textile Museum
Located in Japan at the Kanebo Textile Division.

Kyoto Costume Institute
Wonderful images of what looks like a fascinating museum.

MINGEiKAN - The Japan Folk Crafts Museum
Located in Tokyo (I think).

Okaya Silk Museum
Located in Okaya.

Silk Center and Silk Museum (Silk Hakubutsukan)
Located in Yokohama.


Aliakbar Maktabi Private Museum
Located in Beruit, this private museum was created in honor of their father. Great site; probably a fascinating museum to visit.

The Netherlands

Dutch Textile Museum
Located in Tilburg.

Museum of Bags and Purses
Located in Amstelveen. My intial reaction was that, perhaps, we were getting too specialized -- but then I saw the information about their collection.

Zijdemuseum (Silkmuseum) Grijpskerke
Located in the southwestern part of The Netherlands, a museum devoted to silk.

New Zealand

Breaksea Gallery
From the Treasury of New Zealand Crafts site, an introduction to this NZ gallery.


Borg Viking Museum
Located in Borg, this reconstruction of a Viking village includes textiles.


Central Museum of Textiles
Located in Poland, this museum site has some excellent information in it.


Open Air Museum
Located in Dumbrava Sibilului, Romania, this museum includes exhibits on sheep and hemp production.


Georgian Silk Museum

Virtual Carpet Museum


Almgren's Silk-Weaving Museum
Located in Stockholm.

National Museum of the National Antiquities
Located in Stockholm.

The Rohsska museum of Applied Art and Design
Located in Goteborg, this is the only museum in Sweden dedicated to arts, crafts and industrial design. The exhibits includes objects from the 17th century till today.

Rydal Museum and Spinning-mill
Located in Vastergotland, this museum includes parts of the spinning mill are still in use and guided tours show the production from wool to yarn.

The Textile Museum in Boras
Located in Vastergotland, this is a unique collection of fabrics, clothes and still-working machines used in the textile industry is shown in an exhibition on permanent display.


Taiwan Sericultural Museum
Located in Miaoli County

United Kingdom

Allhallows Museum
Located in Honiton, Devon, this local museum including lace and pottery industry displays housed in the town's oldest building.

Armley Mills Industrial Museum, Leeds
Armley Mills used to be the largest woolen mill in the country.

Braintree Silk Weavers New Mills
Located in Braintree, Essex.

Bronte Weaving Shed
Located in Haworth, West Yorkshire.

Calderdale Industrial Museum
Located in Halifax, this museum contains 100 years of local industry, demonstrated by working textile machines.

The Carpet Museum
Located in Kidderminster.

Colour Museum
Located in Bradford, West Halifax, this museum focuses on color.

Cotswold Woollen Weavers' Historic Woollen-mill
Located in Gloucestershire, this 18th century woollen-mill is set in the beautiful English Cotswolds.

Cromford Mill
Build by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1771, this was the first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill; a vital step towards full scale factory production. Located in Cromford, Derbyshire.

The Falls of the Clyde, New Lanark Millsy
Located in Lanark, Scotland, this site discussed the textile mills and their surrounding village.

Fashion and Textile Museum
Located in London.

Helmshore Textile Musuems
Located in Lancashire.

The Lace Hall
Located in Nottingham.

Macclesfield Silk Museum, Paradise Mill, West Park Museum & Heritage Centre
Located in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Museum of Colour
Located in Bradford, it consists of two galleries, both of which are packed with visitor-operated exhibits.

Museum of Costume
Located in Bath.

Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry
Located in Dre-fach Felindre, Wales, this historical museum offers demonstrations from the fiber industry.

New Lanark Mills
Located in Scotland, this old mill is being restored.

Macclesfield Silk Museum
Located in Macclesfield. Also check the information from the Silk Laboratory at the Shinshu University, a list of world silk museums.

Occupation Tapestry Museum
Located in New North Quay, St Helier, Jersey. The highly-acclaimed Occupation Tapestry was made by the people of Jersey to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Liberation and is possibly the greatest community project undertaken in Jersey

The Paisley Museum
Located in Paisley, Scotland.

Penmachno Woolen Mills
Located in Penmachno Wales, weavers demonstrate traditional weaving in a 19th-century riverside mill.

Quarry Bank Mill
Located in Wilmslow, Cheshire, this a leading museum of the Industrial Revolution and a working Cotton Mill set in the original buildings dating back to 1784.

Queen Street Mill
Located in Burnley.

Reading Museum
Located in Reading, this museum contains a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, history of Reading, Roman artifacts, etc.

The SDC Colour Museum
Located in Bradford, this museum from the Society of Dyers and Colourists offers interactive exhibits.

Shambellie House Museum of Costume
Located in Dumfriesshire. P> Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills
Located in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.

Somerset Rural Life Museum
Located in Glastonbury, this site receates life of a Victorian farmer.

The Textile Gallery
Located in London, England, this private gallery specializes in textiles.

Through the Surface
Currently in Nottingham, this show will be moving to Japan in 2005. Trefriw Woolen Mill
Located in Gwynned, Wales, see the traditional process of carding, spinning, dying, and weaving wool into finished clothing.

Trowbridge Museum
Located in Wiltshire, England. Exhibits include a spinning Jenny and a recontruction of a weaver's cottage.

Whitchurch Silk Mill
Located in Hampshire is a silk mill built 200+ years ago.


Weaving Art Museum and Research Institute (WAMRI)
This non-profit group is dedicated towards developing new appreciation for textiles in the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean.

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