Updated February 2016
The British Museum; several locations in UK
Enormous, worldwide collections are in searchable online databases. The web site has more resources for old sewing tools than I have room to list. When you visit their Shop, search on "Textile." Oh -- and hide your credit card first.
Embroiderers Guild Museum; Victoria, Australia
The guild has a large collection of embroideries, and each month a different selection is exhibited in their building in Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne. In addition to beautiful work, their site has a large list of Australian museums, groups, and resources.
Forge Mill Needle Museum; Redditch, Worcestershire, UK
Really? A needle museum? Sure – housed in an historic needle and fishing tackle factory. Its shop sells needles still locally-produced.
Mattye Reed African Heritage Collection Greensboro NC, USA
North Carolina A&T State University
Dedicated to both ancestral and contemporary arts of Africa and the Caribbean, this collection includes fabulous textiles, needlework, and stories. It's a permanent part of the University's art museum, located in the Dudley Building at 1601 E. Market Street. The museum's link moves around on the university's site, so I've linked to the University's homepage.
Museum Krajky "Museum of Bobbin Laces"; Prachatice, Czech Republic
Showcases Czech and European bobbin laces plus the process of making them. The web site includes an excellent photo gallery of the museum's holdings. Poštovní Street No. 178 in Prachatice.
National Quilt Museum, Paducah KY, USA
Largest quilt museum in North America. Exhibits travel around the world every year.
Naaimachinemuseum; Dordrecht, Netherlands
Collectors of sewing machines... well... make pilgrimages to this museum, open by appointment only. Website is in Dutch.
New England Quilt Museum, Lowell MA, USA
The only museum in northeast USA dedicated to quilt-making. My favorite quilt museum.
The Textile Museum, Washington DC, USA
Extensive collections from all over the world. The online shop is your resource for books on every type of textile and needle art. Again, hide your credit card.