The Lace Museum

If you are looking for something a little different to do in Sunnyvale then consider a trip to the Lace Museum which opened in 1981 and is one of only two museums in the Western United States that is dedicated to the art form of lace making. To that end, you can expect to find static collections of gorgeous lace pieces here as well as lace making equipment and lace making tools. You will be taken through the history of lace making in the Sunnyvale area and you can even take a lace making class if you want to give it a try yourself. Ongoing classes and workshops are offered year round. Demonstrations at local craft fairs help educate the public about lace making. Museum volunteers take lace making projects for children into area schools.

The Lace Museum was founded in 1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area in California by a small group of women in order to preserve the art of lace making. By meeting regularly, the founding members were able to teach each other lace making techniques, teach other groups and individuals how to make lace, and to educate the community about the fine art of lace making through exhibits, shows and community events. The Lace Museum was incorporated in 1981 as a non-profit organization administered by a Board of Directors and is staffed entirely by volunteers. It is supported by donations, Friends of the Museum, and sales from the gift shop.

There is also a gift shop on site where you can pick up a beautiful lace souvenir. The Lace Museum, located in Sunnyvale, California, is dedicated to preserving lace and the art of lace making, exhibiting lace and its historical use, and offering instruction in all facets of lace making. We welcome and encourage anyone who has an interest in the fascinating world of lace. The museum houses approximately 10,000 pieces of lace that have been donated over the years. Many types of lace, lace-making tools and books that date back as far as the 1700’s can be found in the museum. Every four months, the museum arranges a new major exhibit to demonstrate the breadth of its holdings.

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