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Weston's Hidden Gem - National Silk Art Museum

You never know the moment that may change your life. For John Pottie, this moment happened while he was strolling through a Milwaukee antique mall in 1980. Pottie, a collector of billiards art and memorabilia had his eye out for something to add to his collection. What he found, changed everything.

John spotted what he thought was an engraving of Victorian men and women playing billiards. Thinking that it would be a welcome addition to his collection of shot glasses and beer steins, he brought it home. On closer inspection, he realized his $50 purchase was a tapestry made from finely woven silk thread - a lost art form.

Pottie didn’t know then what he knows now: his find that day was created on a mechanical loom using keypunch-card technology that led to the birth of the information age and the invention of the calculator and computer. And it’s all enshrined in downtown Weston, Mo.

From the street it may not look like much but hidden away downtown

, The National Silk Art Museum is a cultural gem that offers a unique glimpse into the exquisite world of silk art. This one-of-a-kind museum is a treasure trove for art enthusiasts and curious travelers alike, showcasing the delicate and intricate beauty of silk art that has been cultivated for centuries.

Plan A Visit

We almost always encourage Firefly guests to step inside and check out the Museum. The Museum is open to visitors year-round, with hours varying by season. It’s advisable to check the museum’s website or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information on hours of operation.

Whether you’re an art aficionado, a history buff, or simply looking for a unique and enriching experience, the National Silk Art Museum in Weston, MO, promises to be a memorable destination. Immerse yourself in the delicate beauty of silk art and discover the rich tapestry of history and culture it represents.

Address: 600 Main Street, Weston, MO 64098

Contact: (816) 386-9929


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