“…[C]ollect, preserve, exhibit, and educate the public about quilts; honor quilt making traditions; and embrace the evolution of the art and craft of quilting.”
Those words come from the mission statement of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Visit this museum and you will see that they live up to what they say. Eugenia Mitchell, who died in 2006 at the age of 103, was an avid quilt maker and quilt collector. As a result of her endless efforts to create a storehouse for her large collection and the collections of others, the museum opened in 1991. Today, it has over 500 quilts in its collection, and has 3,000 volumes related to quilting in its Sandra Dallas Library.
On the day of my visit, the museum featured quilts exclusively made by men. I doubt that most people think of men as being quilt makers (or even good quilt makers), but this display, I am sure, changed many preconceived notions about male quilters. Male Call: Quilts Made by Men at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, which ended on April 28, 2012, had a stunning display of quilts.
Like any good museum (and this is a fine one), the exhibits change on a regular basis. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum has a new exhibit called Dazzling Domestics: Late 19th Century Pennsylvania Quilts from the Collection of Carolyn Miller. The exhibit is scheduled to end on July 28, 2012 to be replaced by the Evolutions Quilt Challenge that will be exhibited from July 29 through October 27, 2012.
Allow at least an hour for your visit. This is not a large museum, but they do a terrific job of displaying many quilts in a small area. Just down the street and around the corner of 10th Street, is the Golden History Center. Also, around the corner on 12th Street is the Astor House Museum. With the variety of restaurants along Washington Ave, I can not imagine a better way to spend some time in Golden, Colorado then by making a day trip to visit these three fine museums and partake of some good food and drink.