The Museum of the American Quilter's Society has opened its doors to the public in downtown Paducah. It's a 30,000-square-foot museum built exclusively for the showcasing and preservation of quilts.

The society calls it "a total resource center for today's quiltmakers and quilt admirers." It is wheelchair accessible, with three climate-controlled galleries for displaying up to 200 quilts, studio classrooms, a book and gift shop, a conference room and a reference room.It will operate as a non-profit organization, supported by admissions, museum activities, classes, museum shop sales, donations, grants and endowments.

Gov. Wallace G. Wilkinson of Kentucky called the state "a major center of the great renaissance of quilting in America" and proclaimed the museum's opening day, April 25, as Quilters Day in Kentucky.