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.
Group Tour Manager
Gift Shop Manager
Exhibits & Programs Coordinator