Hair museum

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A hair museum is a museum that has displays of hair art, items or paintings made using hair, for example that of celebrities. Hair museums date back to the 19th century.[citation needed]

History of hair art[edit]

Hair art was a form of art that began in the 15th century and flourished in the Victorian era. This form of art was used by people to keep the memory of a loved one before cameras were invented.[1] According to the Minnesota history magazine hair originated in Europe, England and France, than made its way to the United States. This form of art consisted of necklaces, bracelets, rings, lockets, paintings, and medallions. These items would be embellished with strands of hair from a loved one.[1]

Leila's Hair Museum[edit]

Main article: Leila's Hair Museum

One of the most famous and oldest hair museums is Leila's Hair Museum, located in Kansas City, Missouri.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota History Magazine". Retrieved 25 March 2014. 


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