This tour was very inspiring and educational. We will definitely be visiting again! Thank you so much!
— Home study SJUSD mixed-grade level, May 2015

Tours

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. Click here for a video.

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 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 us and a museum representative will respond to your request. 

 

 

Higher Education

  • Offered Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 2 pm

  • $6.50 per student with valid ID

  • $50.00 Docent fee

  • 40-minute guided tour

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

  • Specialized tours: Curatorial / Collections / Museum Education



Adult Tours

  • Offered Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 2 pm

  • $8.00 per adult, $6.50 per senior

  • $50.00 Docent fee

  • 40-minute guided tour

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

School Tours K-12

  • Offered Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm

  • $125.00 10-30 students, free for chaperones

  • Age and grade specific projects and gallery activities

  • 45-minute guided tour

  • 45-minute textile-based hands-on art activity, room capacity is 30 students

  • Visual Thinking Strategies

  • Learning through Visual Arts Content Standards

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Class curriculum connection

 

Senior Tours

  • Offered Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 2 pm

  • $6.50 per senior

  • $50.00 Docent fee

  • 40-minute guided tour

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

  • Small, intimate museum

  • All exhibitions located on the first floor

  • Wheel chair accessible



Group Tours

 

To request a tour please fill out the submission form below. Tour request must be submitted two weeks in advance and no earlier than three months. Once your request is processed you will receive a confirmation email.

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Please include the date and time requested.
 

School Tours

 

To request a tour please fill out the submission form below. Tour request must be submitted two weeks in advance and no earlier than three months. Once your request is processed you will receive a confirmation email.

 

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Name
Phone *
Phone
Please include date and time requested.
Number of Students/Grade Level
Anything else we should know before booking your tour.