This tour was very inspiring and educational. We will definitely be visiting again! Thank you so much!
— Home study SJUSD mixed-grade level


The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles serves schools, colleges and universities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by providing educational tours and a textile-based hands on experience. The rotating exhibitions serve as a vehicle for creating open conversation about fiber art while promoting the value of quilts and textiles.

Our tour discussions revolve around a variety of themes that may address history, science, environment, sociology, artist process, women’s craft, geography and storytelling. With a passion and knowledge for textiles, our trained docents encourage students and visitors to think critically and ask questions. SJMQT docents also provide students the opportunities to see and touch with several of our learning tools. 

The Museum offers unique resources for higher education unlike any in the Bay Area. Our permanent collection houses over 850 textiles. The collection is comprised of historic quilts, contemporary art quilts, textile-based art forms, costumes and garments from an array of cultures. By appointment, higher education students will have the opportunity to have an in depth view of the Museum's collection. The Museum also maintains a library of reference material and related periodicals. The library is accessible to higher education students by appointment.  

The Museum provides many opportunities for non-school audiences. SJMQT docent led tours are both insightful and informative. While many of our exhibitions offer an interactive component, groups are offered the opportunity for a hands on activity during their scheduled tour. Our Museum tours offer a chance to explore the creative work of textile artists here in Silicon Valley and beyond.

For inquiries, pricing or to book your tour today please contact Liana Salikhova at

School Tours K-12

  • Offered Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm

  • 1.5-hour tour with interactive, inquiry-based guided part and textile-based hands-on art activity

  • $125.00 per group (max.30 students), free for chaperones

  • Learning through Visual Arts Content Standards with class curriculum connection

Higher Education

  • Offered Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm

  • 40-minute guided tour

  • $6.50 per student with valid ID

  • $50.00 docent fee

  • Optional hands-on activity for up to 25 students, $75.00 plus docent and admission fees

  • Specialized tours are available per request: Curatorial / Collections

Senior/Adult Tours

  • Offered Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm

  • 40-minute guided tour

  • $8.00 per adult, $6.50 per senior

  • $50.00 docent fee

  • Optional hands-on activity for up to 20 participants, $75.00 plus docent and admission fees