TWELVE BARS. THREE CHORDS. ONE HOME.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Delta Blues Museum by using our Clarksdale road trip planning app.
Get the Delta Blues Museum Newsletter!
Sign up to receive "Keeping the Beat with the Delta Blues Museum," our
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.
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.
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.
The Delta Blues Museum Reviews
It was a great thrill for me to see the musicians that I have listened to all my life (on Yazoo Records, I'll have you know) memorialized in this small museum. Clarksdale generally looks like a... more »
If you are into Delta Blues and its history, you will love it here. There was so much to see and I learned a good bit. more »
Delta Blues Museum is a pearl. Just a couple of minutes from the Blues highway, it has some interesting props. However, the most interesting things for me in these kind of museums are the stories. They have some awesome stories, and a more elaborate one regarding Muddy Waters. Check it out yourselve, I’d say it is definitely worth it. Oh and walk a bit in the neighbourhood, because it all looks like a movie set to me!
I always make it a priority to stop at the Delta Blues Museum when in the Memphis area. They have displays of major Blues legends as well as many others. If you love the Blues it has to be on your list of places to visit. Outstanding!
Plan your trip to Clarksdale
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Clarksdale
Side trips from Clarksdale
Nearby attractions in Clarksdale
Plans to The Delta Blues Museum by other users
15 days in Memphis BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Nashville & Memphis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Tunica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Clarksdale BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 42 days in Mississippi BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Memphis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy