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Permanent collection

Chalice quilt

The American Museum & Gardens houses over 12,000 objects and represent the wide range of American cultures. The founders of the Museum, Dallas Pratt and John Judkyn, went on a whirlwind collecting spree in the late 1950s and gathered much of what is on display in the Museum.

Today the collections are accessible to visitors through displays in the Museum’s permanent galleries, during temporary exhibitions, and on loan to other institutions around the world. We also acquire new objects to the collections to represent both current day and historical periods. For more information about donating an object to the collection, please click here.

Through these objects we tell stories that span 2000 years of American history. We acknowledge that there are many stories yet to be told and diverse voices yet to be heard and we will be eagerly exploring these in more detail as we look to the future.

“America is not like a blanket – one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt – many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.”

Jesse Jackson, 1984

Quilts & Textiles

Find out more about our stunning collection of textiles

Quilts & Textiles
Folk Art

From whirligigs to shop signs – this art collection is sure to delight

Folk Art
Dallas Pratt Map Collection

Over 200 maps from the Renaissance period

Dallas Pratt Map Collection

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Donate an object

Learn more about how we add objects to our collection