National Silk Art Museum

423 Main Street, Weston, MO 64098 - United States

816-536-5955

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The museum is truly a one-of-a-kind. It is located in the former Bank of Weston building in historic downtown Weston. The museum houses the world's largest collection of woven silk tapestries (more than 400) produced 200 years ago on punch card mechanical looms. This process was the first to utilize the very same punch card technology that would eventually lead to the invention of today's computers.

The museum offers the history of a long-lost and largely forgotten guild. Every tapestry in the collection is a digitized copy of an original painting by one of more than 85 Master Artists from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The collection also serves as the only evidence of paintings that have either been lost over time, or were even unknown.

The museum also boasts an impressive art research library with the Grove Art Dictionary, E. Benezil-"Dictionnaires des Peintres, Sculptures, Dessinateus, et Graveurs," Propylaen Kunstqeschichte, and "The Art Galleries of Europe," as well as several rare books over 100 years old.

Exhibits

The museum has recently acquired the processing mechanism of an original Jacquard loom and several authentic punch cards. Not only will the loom mechanism be on display, but there will also be live demonstrations of the horizontal needles engaging key punch cards that control the lifting hooks.

Tours will be offered upon request.

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