Quilting has a long history, especially in America, but only one museum is dedicated solely to the art and history of quilts and quiltmakers. With over 500 masterful quilts on display in permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits of the fiber arts, it is considered to be one of the world’s finest quilt collections.
The museum attracts art enthusiasts as well as quilters from around the world. Often exhibits are centered around a theme, exploring both nontraditional and traditional methods of quilting. There are items such as miniature quilts, heritage quilts, and art inspired by quilting on each floor. Top fiber artists and quilting experts are represented.
With three galleries, many of the items on display are rotated 8-10 times annually so there’s usually something new to discover. The museum also focuses on education, frequently offering workshops for those at all levels to refine the craft.
The National Quilt Museum can be found in downtown Paducah in Kentucky’s Western Wetlands area. Plan at least one to two hours to enjoy the whole museum. Guided tours are available for a small additional cost. Parking is readily available.
Address: 215 Jefferson Street, Paducah, Kentucky, USA
Make a pit stop at The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky to see over 80 of the classic, American cars spread across 100,000 square feet of Corvette history. Enthusiasts will find rare cars, concept cars, classic models, and prototypes organized by time period, as well as historic photographs, dioramas, advertisements, and memorabilia. There’s also the Corvette assembly plant just across the road, where one can admire the newest cars to enter the fleet.
Check out the museum's interactive displays and have a bite at the Corvette Cafe, before heading over to Motorsports Park racing track. Spectators are welcome, but don't miss your chance to pop in a car for a lap around the track with an experienced driver.
The National Corvette museum is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. To get there, take I-65 to exit 28. The museum is open seven days a week from 8am–5pm, but you’ll want to allocate extra time if you plan to visit the plant (advance reservations required). The museum also raffles off Corvettes—get a ticket for your chance to win (and get a VIP tour) for $10. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for youth.
Did you know? Corvettes have been made here since 1981, when the factory was moved from St. Louis.
Address: 350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA