Banner for 2020 Virtual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, featuring purple background and rhinestoned crowns

Join Us for a Virtual Tour!

The museum is closed at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Join us for a live virtual tour, offered several times throughout the month of August as part of our 2020 Virtual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender! Each tour will last 30-60 minutes via Zoom (you’ll

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Bally at Jennie Lee's Canadian National Exhibition pavilion

NEW ONLINE EXHIBITION – <em>Bump & Grind Beneath the Big Top: Burlesque in Circuses, Carnivals, and Fairs</em>

Step right up, folks. Behind this curtain you’ll find wonders beyond your imagination. See the stars of the midcentury girl show! Learn about the Black revues! Find out how burlesque dancers lived on the road! And watch your wallets, you never know when someone will try to take you for

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Detail from 19th century printed matter entitled "Jim Crow Jubilee"

#MuseumAtHome: Minstrel Shows and Stock Comic Characters in Burlesque

CONTENT WARNING: sterotypical imagery including blackface⁣⁣Learn about some of the often troubling roots of burlesque’s stock characters in this #MuseumAtHome entry. Burlesque and minstrelsy were closely related in the late 19th century, and many elements of the minstrel show became part of burlesque’s “bag of tricks”. Understanding this difficult history is essential

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Lilly Christine

#MuseumAtHome: Burlesque Legend Lilly Christine (VIDEO)

Lilly Christine, “The Cat Girl”, burst on the scene in the late 1940s and quickly leaped to the top, headlining Leon Prima’s New Orleans hotspot the 500 Club and eventually strutting her stuff on Broadway. Her belly dance-inspired moves fascinated audiences up until her tragically early death. Learn more about

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Jennie Lee and a male friend frolic in the "O" of the Hollywood sign

#MuseumAtHome: Burlesque Legend and BHoF Founder Jennie Lee (VIDEO and COLORING PAGES)

Jennie Lee, “Miss 44 and Plenty More!” was plenty more than a popular burlesque dancer of the 1950s and ’60s. In 1955, she founded the Exotic Dancers League to fight for the rights of her fellow exotic dancers, an effort htat eventually won her a place on the Executive Council

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Lili St Cyr takes a bath

#MuseumAtHome: Burlesque Legend Lili St. Cyr (VIDEO)

Lili St Cyr was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated burlesque stars. Beautiful, elegant, and eternally unattainable, Lili’s “Ice Queen” persona shocked audiences in her bases in Los Angeles and Montreal, as well as on the stage of the El Rancho on the newly-founded Las Vegas Strip. Learn more

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Burlesque Legend La Savona in space costume

#MuseumAtHome: Burlesque Legend La Savona (VIDEO)

La Savona was a mid-20th century burlesque performer from Prague who became famous in the U.S. for her belly-dance inspired acts. She was awarded our Living Legend Award in 2012, the highest honor BHoF has to offer performers of burlesque’s classic era. Learn more about her life and performance style in

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Jennie Lee and a male friend frolic in the "O" of the Hollywood sign

Just for Fun: A Jennie Lee puzzle for you!

With people having a little (or a lot of) extra time on their hands, we thought you might enjoy playing with this online puzzle featuring BHoF founder Jennie Lee (and a friend) frolicking on the world-famous Hollywood sign.

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Detail of postcard showing Omaha's Boyd Theater c. 1890

#MuseumAtHome: Learn How to Research Local Burlesque History (VIDEO)

As a central part of American entertainment life for a century-and-a-half, burlesque history is deeply interwoven with the history of almost every decent-sized community in the United States. But because burlesque has often been maligned as a disreputable part of social life, and because the major players in burlesque’s history

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