National Silk Art Museum

1
423 Main St.
Weston, MO 64098
Phone: 816-536-5955
Wed.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The museum is truly a one-of-a-kind. It is located in the former Bank of Weston building. The museum exhibits the world's largest collection of woven silk tapestries (more than 300) produced 200 years ago on punch card mechanical looms. This process was the first to utilize the same punch card technology that would eventually lead into the invention of the modern-day computer.

The museum preserves and shares the history of this long-lost and largely forgotten guild. Every tapestry in the collection is a digitized copy of an original painting by one of more than 85 Master Artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection serves as the only evidence of many paintings that have either been lost over time, or are altogether unknown.

The museum boasts an impressive art research library with the Grove Art Dictionary, E. Benezil-"Dictionnaires des Peintres, Sculptures, Dessinateus, et Graveurs," Propylaen Kunstqeschichte, and "The Art Galleries of Erope," as well as many rare books more than 100 years old.

GENERAL INTEREST INFO
  • open year-round
  • gift / souvenir shop
FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
  • ADA fully compliant
SMOKING POLICY
  • No Smoking
SUITABLE FOR THESE AGE GROUPS
  • teens (13-18)
  • adults (18+)
  • senior adults (55+)
ACTIVITIES ON-SITE OR WITHIN 10 MILES
  • winery / vineyard
  • biking / walking trails
  • camping
  • historic district
PET POLICY
  • service animals welcome
  • pets are not allowed
RATES
  • free admission
  • donations accepted
GROUP POLICY
  • advance contact required
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