Leila's Hair Museum

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1333 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 64055 1333 S Noland Rd, Independence Directions
+18168332955
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Report | 5 months 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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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 | 5 months 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 | 5 months ago
Great museum ! A great place to take the whole family!
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Report | 6 months ago
Unusual art form, but beautiful and very fascinating. Kids even enjoyed it.
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Report | 10 months ago
Amazing display of hair art. Such intricate work that has survived all these years. Loved it!
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Report | a year ago
Unique, to say the least. Try to visit when Leila is there to hear her stories. Although other staff are very knowledgeable & friendly as well!
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Report | a year ago
If your in the area don't miss it. There are several nice little museum in Independence. All worth the price we paid. We had a great time there.
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Report | a year ago
Really interesting for history and art!
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Report | a year ago
The tour guide was very personable and gave us a lot of information on the history of the pieces.
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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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