I walked by this place a few times before realizing that they were actually open; even with the sandwich sign out front they seem to be closed, as all the doors are permanently closed except for one.
At the time of my visit there weren’t any open exhibits; however the Museum store was open and filled with tons of colorful creations from all over the world. Some of the stuff was Asian made miniature toys like the voo doo dolls you see everywhere, but most of it was rare, artistic and one of a kind.
I loved all the wooden hands and the camera made from plaster. The camera was life-like, but white with a chuck taken out of it to show you the inside works.
I bought a couple of crayon rings for sketching because I’ve never seen anything like them. They were triangle-shaped with a hole in the middle to wear on your fingers when your sketching. This is the best part of visiting these kinds of museums, you never know what you may find.
The museum is located right across the street from the Philadelphia Convention Center in downtown Philly. When trying to enter search for the sandwich board; which is usually outside the actual entrance. Don’t be alarmed or taken back by the rude older African-American lady who runs the store; she just needs some people skills. The work is worth the few minutes of negative energy she oozes, plus your purchases help to keep the museum open.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum is Free and open to the public 7 days a week. Museum & store hours are:
Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107