Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum - Golden, CO - history preserved in quilts


The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (RMQM) is located at 1213 Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado after they moved from the original facility. The administrative offices and Sandra Dallas Library are located at 910 13th Street Suite 300. The museum is open from ten in the morning until four in the afternoon Monday through Saturday.

The facilities will close at two in the evening on Christmas and New Year's Eve and be closed the following days in addition to Thanksgiving. The RMQM is open from noon until four in the afternoon from the 24th of May until the 6th of September. The 4th of July the facility opens at ten and closes at four in the afternoon. When bad weather causes the schools to close the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum will close as well.

The first Saturday in each quarter there is no charge for admittance to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District offers a grant to fund these free days. Children and museum members are admitted to the Gallery at no cost. The cost for adults is $6 while seniors only pay $5 and college students with proper identification only pay $4 for admission. Those with a confirmed reservation for groups of fifteen or more people pay a reduced rate for admission to the gallery at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

There is free parking available to the East of Washington Avenue where there are two garages for parking. The street in front of the building has two hour parking available; those with a handicapped sign can receive unlimited parking. The facilities at the museum are handicapped accessible for patrons with mobility issues.

The museum resulted from Eugenia Mitchell's dream of having her quilt collection preserved and seen by the public. Fund raising for the museum's site began during 1981 and in 1990 the facility opened at its current location. She donated one hundred quilts out of her private collection to the RMQM which was originally the National Quilt Museum. Eugenia spent the first year greeting the visitors of the museum since here quilts were the exhibits.

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum offers the benefit of educators either at the museum or that come to you to show techniques, styles and patterns of various quilts. The history of quilting is gone over briefly and educational talks can be tailored to specific interests and needs. There are trunk shows which can be designed for group needs presented to children from preschool to elementary school, civic and fraternal organizations and quilting groups. They can also be given to those in assisted living facilities or retirement homes.

The trunk shows provided by the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum use quilts to show the various aspects of the quilt. There is a minimum of thirty minutes and a maximum of sixty minutes required for trunk shows in addition to the time required to set them up. The only thing the organization hosting the show has to provide is a table; those putting on the show will provide racks. The audience can have as many as one hundred and fifty people. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the museum directly.

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