The Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale

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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 the unique American musical art form of the blues.



History

The City of Clarksdale, located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 (“the crossroads”), and the surrounding Delta region are known as ”the land where the blues began”.



Since its creation, 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 re-organized as 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 by the City of Clarksdale, admissions, memberships, gift shop revenue, granting agencies and donations, the museum uses public and private funds to carry out its mission.



Museum Sites

Since 1999, the Delta Blues Museum has been housed in the historic Clarksdale freight depot, built in 1918 for the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. The building was designated a Mississippi Landmark Property in 1996. The former freight area- about five thousand square feet of ground floor space – is devoted to permanent and traveling exhibits.



The Delta Blues Museum Stage is adjacent to the museum classroom, which hosts a year-round music education program as well as lectures and symposia. The Delta Blues Museum Stage serves as the main venue for local festivals such as the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in August and the Juke Joint Festival in April.
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  • This museum has pretty much all you want to know about Delta Blues. It is a very good exhibit with a lot of info, videos, photos etc. It is well worth the small entry fee. You need quite a long time t...  more »
  • Every town or city in the South seems to have such a museum but this is up there with the best. The layout and exhibitions are so professional but they still capture the essence of what made the Delta...  more »
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  • This place is well worth a visit. It will take you about an hour to walk around the museum. Lots of information and interesting displays, including the most prominent figures of the genre, and also tracing the Delta blues style all the way back to its roots. Gift shop had a really good selection for fair prices too.
  • My family enjoyed visiting the Delta Blues Museum. This is a nice place to take a day trip to. I do not recommend taking kids but great for adults.

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