Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles – Berkeley, California - Atlas Obscura

Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles

From buttons to beads, flounces to fripperies, this textile museum and shop honors the history of needlework.  

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Tucked into an eddy of Adeline Street in South Berkeley is a strange little museum and retail shop. Founded by Kaethe and Jules Kliot in 1965 as “a place of support, knowledge, and encouragement for lovers of the textile arts,” the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles has been a Berkley staple. 

Presented as an old-timey dry-goods store, the museum has rotating exhibits as well as permanent displays. The store section carries an abundance of supplies while displaying an impressive amount of lacework, patterns, and ephemera. All are found under the swooping bells of hoopskirts hanging from the rafters.

Located toward the back of the museum are a few books for sale, along with a wall of gloves and various buckram hat forms. There is also an extensive sewing machine collection to peruse. 

The staff that works inside the store and museum are all skilled needleworkers and offer helpful advice. 

Know Before You Go

Hours are variable, so check the website before you go. Metered parking available in front of the museum.

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