2011-11-24 / Local & State

Central Pa. Quilt Museum Closing At Year’s End

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Officials say a central Pennsylvania quilt and textile museum, which features a famed collection of Amish quilts, will cease regular daily operations at the end of the year and the building will be put up for sale.

The board of the Heritage Center of Lancaster County says the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum will be opened to groups on a reservation basis and for special events through the end of 2012.

When the museum opened in 2004, organizers expected between 35,000 and 55,000 people a year. The collection includes the famed collection of Amish quilts formerly called the Esprit collection. But paid admissions only total 8,500 this year.

Board president Sharron Nelson told the Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/ Lancaster New Era cited what she called “a flawed business model.”

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