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


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. 

Organizing the tour by phone and email was very convenient and appreciated. We are a small homestudy group, so thank you for having us — despite our small size.
— K-8th grade homeschool group, 2015


Higher Education

  • Student rate
  • 40 minute guided / 20 minute self-guided tours
  • Writing activities
  • Optional hands-on activity for groups up to 30 students
  • Specialized tours: Curatorial / Collections / Museum Education
  • Research library available by appointment for individuals or small groups

Adult Tours

  • 40 minute guided / 20 minute self-guided tours
  • Optional textile-based hands-on art activity
  • Optional group activities

School Tours

  • Age and grade specific projects and gallery activities
  • 45 minute guided tour
  • 45 minute textile-based hands-on art activity
  • Visual Thinking Strategies
  • Learning through Visual Arts Content Standards
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Class curriculum connection


Senior Tours

  • Senior rate
  • 40 minute guided / 20 minute self-guided tours
  • Small, intimate museum
  • All exhibitions located on first floor
  • Handicap accessible

Group Tours


Group fee prices are :  Adults: $8.00; Seniors and Students: $6.50. $50 to reserve Docent. Children 12 years of age or under are Free. For more information or to book a tour, please contact us through the submission form below or by emailing

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School Tours


Docent-led gallery tours are 45 minutes and include a 45 minute exhibition-related hands-on art activity. $125 per tour. Minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30 students. No charge for teachers or chaperones. Tours are given between 11am and 2pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with the exception of First Fridays. No tours on the First Friday of each month. For more information or to book a tour, please contact us through the submission form below or by calling (408) 971-0323 ext. 10.


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