Hairwork: Relics of Remembrance


Discover the various ways people used loved ones’ hair to create unique, lasting mementos and family portraits as a way to express love and cherish memories in a time before photography was available to the masses.

This exhibit examines the rise of the sentimental arts during the Victorian Era in Bethlehem through hairwork. Hairwork is the practice of braiding, laying, wrapping, or weaving human hair to create intricate jewelry, wreaths, realistic landscapes, and more.

Admission to Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is $10 for one-site museum pass or $20 for multi-site museum pass. Members receive free admission. From Monday through Friday, the museum is open by appointment. If you plan to be visiting Bethlehem on the weekdays, call 1-800-360-TOUR at least 48 hours in advance of your visit to reserve your tour of the museum.