The manufacturing centers of Massachusetts were especially well-known for their fine cloth. Raw materials, such as cotton grown in the American South or silk imported from the Far East, were woven into beautiful fabrics to be used for table linens, wall coverings, and especially clothing. The Lynn Museum collection has the finest examples of dresses, hats, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories from throughout the past 250 years. The Museum collection also boasts a well-rounded group of quilts that have been the highlight of exhibition programming in the past.

Click on the images below for a look at some of the shoes and textiles from our collection.