Leila's Hair Museum

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1333 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 64055 1333 S Noland Rd, Independence Directions
Today 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Closed All Hours
+18168332955
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Report | 25 days ago
Received great tour. Very interesting piece of history and genaology.
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Report | 3 months ago
This was an eye-opening experience with regard to a lost Victorian art. Some may think it's "gross" or whatever, but that couldn't be the furthest thing from the truth. So much history in the weaving of hair wreaths and jewelry such as house-hold genealogy, wealth, showcasing the talents of young women and superstitions or entire generations. A must see if you're in the KC area.
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Report | 5 months ago
Leila's was more that I expected. You will want to schedule at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
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Report | 5 months ago
Loved it! I had no idea that it would be this cool.
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Report | a year ago
We received a guided tour of the displayed items. It was a very informative visit about an incredibly unique and forgotten art. Many intricate pieces that leaves you wondering how they made them. I would recommend a visit as this is probably the only place on Earth that you will see such a collection.
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Report | a year ago
Plan on spending a couple of hours there. Leila is so knowledgeable and her collection large and amazing!!! Well worth the trip.
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Report | a year ago
This is a great day trip for your spouse and you. Men will need to keep an open mind as this trip howbeit fascinating will probably be more appreciated by the ladies. This museum contains items you won't come across everyday. Put on you're adventuresome spirit and visit Leila's Hair Museum
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Report | a year ago
Great museum ! A great place to take the whole family!
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Report | 2 years ago
Unusual art form, but beautiful and very fascinating. Kids even enjoyed it.
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Report | 2 years ago
Amazing display of hair art. Such intricate work that has survived all these years. Loved it!
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There, Leila Cohoon preserves and furthers the art form of hair-based crafts, which stretches back to the 1700s and beyond. In pre-photography days, Victorian artisans would create jewelry and decorative pieces with human hair as a means of remembering loved ones. In addition to these personal mementoes, Leila's collection includes 600 hair-based wreaths dating before 1900, and numerous reliquaries said to contain the hair of Mary, mother of Jesus, St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, and pieces of the cross, all with their appropriate wax seals. Hair pieces belonging to Michael Jackson, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Lincoln, and other presidents also reside here. Although not hair-related, the museum also features a brooch that is said to contain threads from the coat of Joseph, father of Jesus. The quirky museum has attracted the attention of raconteurs from CNN as well as noted gadabout Anthony Bourdain, who also paid a visit during an episode of his show No Reservations.

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