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Delta Blues Museum


Mission Statement :

The Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of this unique American musical art form known as the "Blues."

History :

The Mississippi Delta has influenced popular American music and culture. Many consider the City of Clarksdale and the surrounding area near the junction of State Highways 61 and 49 in Mississippi as the birthplace of the "Blues."

Since its creation a quarter of a century ago, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the "Blues." Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees, and made a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state's oldest music museum. A five-member board appointed by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners of Clarksdale governs the museum. Funded annually by the City of Clarksdale, gift shop revenue, granting agencies, and donations, the museum uses public and private funds to carry out its mission.

The building was built in 1918 to serve as the freight depot for the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. It is approximately twelve thousand square feet, five thousand of which are devoted to exhibits. The collection and staff offices are located on the second story of the building. The building is spacious and the open floor plan lends itself well as exhibit space.


Jasper Schaap

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Nice museum containing a lot of blues icons. What is currently missing is a proper story / timeline. Only the information a bout Muddy Waters provides a good amount of context. Therefore it is more of an 'art' museum. I have understood there are plans to change that in the future.

Arin Canbolat

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Really great museum. Lots of history around the blues and Clarkesdale's impact on it. It focuses by artist which is a unique perspective. They are working on a Muddy Waters exhibit which even partially completed is really great.

Tom Schimel

Monday, July 2, 2018
Awsome museum. Nice town. Helpful staff. Love the history. I highly recommend it.

Matthew Lineberry

Monday, March 19, 2018
Wonderful museum. They have expanded greatly over the years. Staff are very polite. Nice gift shop. If you love blues music or Southern culture and history - it's a very nice place to visit.

Stevie Jo

Monday, May 21, 2018
It was closed but a must see for any blues fan. You can feel the rich vibes coming from this place. Close to the crossroads

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