| Beads - A global language of human connection
Throughout 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.
The Bead Museum promotes an international historical and contemporary permanent collection of beads, beadwork, and beaded artifacts through regular exhibitions of the collection it holds in trust.
Exhibitions provide a cultural and educational resource, foster research, interpretation and awareness of beads and bead-related culture, and showcase the work of bead makers and artists who use beads.