The Rochester Museum & Science Center currently houses a
remarkable collection of nearly 300 quilts, including
complete quilts, quilt tops, and quilted household
accessories. A small percentage of the quilts are
non-local, but most are from Western New York and the
Genesee Valley Region, rendering it one of the largest and
most significant regional collections in the country.
All types and techniques are represented, the majority
being handsewn piecework. The dates of manufacture of
quilts in the collection range from before 1820 to the
mid-twentieth century, with the largest percentage dating
to between 1821 and 1900.