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The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the name of the burlesque museum located on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. Formerly known as Exotic World, the museum historically was located on the site of an abandoned goat farm in Helendale, California. The museum documents the history of American burlesque from its 19th-century origins through its golden age in the mid-20th century, and displays artifacts commemorating historic burlesque performers.

Exotic World originated as the private collection of retired exotic dancer Jennie Lee. It had been curated by retired burlesque performer Dixie Evans, who had often personally leads tours through the exhibits prior to an illness which began in the Summer of 2013. Ms. Evans died on August 3, 2013.

Exotic World also serves as the home office for The Exotic Dancers’ League of America (or EDL) trade union, and as the site of the annual Miss Exotic World Pageant.

The Exotic World museum collection includes posters, photographs, publicity stills, newspaper clippings, and playbills related to famous burlesque performers including Blaze Starr, Lili St. Cyr, Chesty Morgan, Candy Barr and Tempest Storm.

The museum includes costume elements and props such as feather boas, fans, gloves, garter belts, gowns, shoes, pasties, g-strings, and jewelry. Many of these items are specially made for use in striptease routines.

Unique individual items include ivory fans used by Sally Rand, gloves and a black velvet shoulder cape worn by Gypsy Rose Lee, a heart-shaped couch owned by Jayne Mansfield and the cremation ashes of Miss Sheri Champagne… More on Wikipedia

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