All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., including the National Zoo, and in New York City continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
2nd Floor, West, Nicholas J. and Eugenia Taubman Gallery Floor Plan
On view are rarely seen late 19th-century silk quilts from the museum’s collection. These textiles tell a little known story about American industry, art, fads, and marketing. The quilts were made to be seen rather than slept under and were sometimes called “parlor throws.”