Beads — A global language of human connection
human history, beads have been a means of expressing both personal and
religious sensibilities as well as status and social association, and
have been used for protection or as talismans, and as currency. The
Bead Museum tells the story of this global history of beads that goes
as far back as 30,000 B.C.E.
This unique museum was founded in 1984 by Gabrielle Liese and houses
an international collection of over 100,000 beads and beaded artifacts.
The museum features permanent and changing exhibitions, and education
and outreach programs of lectures, tours, and classes for the visitor.
The Museum Store sells a wide range of publications on beads and
related subjects, as well as beads and supplies for the beadworker, and
specialist beads for the collector.