The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started in San Francisco in 1987 with one three-foot by six-foot panel in memory of a man who died of complications from AIDS. It has become the world's largest community art project, with nearly 40,000 panels made by the loved ones of people who have died. There are similar Quilts in thirty countries around the world.

Sections of the Quilt like the ones here are displayed throughout the world in schools, businesses, places of worship, and community centers. The entire Quilt, which covers an area equivalent to that of more than eighteen football fields, will be displayed in Washington, D.C., October 11-13, 1996.

If you would like more information about the Quilt, please see The NAMES Project's materials at the What About AIDS? Resource Center inside the exhibition space, or visit The NAMES Project Homepage.

Videos about the Quilt are also available for viewing.

The display of eighty-eight panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Exploratorium is made possible with generous help from The NAMES Project Foundation.

"The Quilt helps us realize that AIDS is real, that people get it and die from it, and that those people could be us."
--Cathy, 15 years old, Chicago

PHOTO CREDITS: left and center images by Mark Thiessen, right image by Marc Geller. Courtesy of The NAMES Project.