Celebrate the Museum's 35th Year!

35th Anniversary Events
Be sure to stop by for additional exhibits, special events and celebrations in honor of the Museum's 35th anniversary year.

New Exhibit: "Gone but not Forgotten"
The Delta Blues Museum will unveil its latest exhibit "Gone but not Forgotten" on July 17, 2014, with music by Bill Abel and catering by Oxbow Restaurant.

"Gone But Not Forgotten" features color photography by Billy Johnson. Read More

Johnny Winter - RIP
Although born in Texas, Johnny Winter spent parts of his childhood in Leland, MS where his father and grandfather operated a cotton business, J.D. Winter & Son. Johnny and his younger brother Edgar... Read More

Sunflower Festival Exhibit
We are getting excited for the upcoming 27th annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival!
The Delta Blues Museum will have its collection of Sunflower festival posters from all 27 years on display, and we hope you will stop by and check them plus our other new exhibits out while you cool down from the August heat!

Exhibit: "In the Belly of the Blues"
Ends July 31, 2014
The Delta Blues Museum unveiled its latest exhibit "In the Belly of the Blues" on April 3, 2014.

Be sure to stop by and see this exhibit before it's gone!

The exhibit will be at the Museum through July 31, 2014. Read More

27th Annual Sunflower Festival -
August 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2014

This years Sunflower Festival honors the legacy of Big Jack Johnson. Performances will include Latimore, Johnny Rawls, Home Made Jamz, Super Chikan Johnson, Jimbo Mathus, Robert Belfour, Eddie Cusic, Pat Thomas, Lusicous Spiller and many more. For the complete lineup and more information please visit SunflowerFest.org

Delta Blues Museum Receives Grant
The Delta Blues Museum has been awarded an operating grant by the Mississippi Arts Commission for use towards...
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Mississippi Blues
The music called the blues that emerged from Mississippi has shaped the development of popular music in this country and around the world. Turn on the radio. You might pick up some rock with some tough guitar riffs – or some rap. But put on Robert Johnson’s recording of... Read More of the capitivating article by Christine Wilson.

2014 Montreal Jazz Festival
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite are in the news again - this time the Montreal Gazzette has compiled an article with video and images from the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival. Read More

Mabon "Teenie" Hodges - RIP
"Teenie" Hodges started playing the guitar at the age of 12 with his music tutelege beginning in the early 60's, when he was just a teenager. He met Memphis... Read More

The Delta Blues Museum is a proud participant of the 2014 Blue Star Museum Program benefiting active duty military families. Read More Press Release

Delta Blues Museum Selected as Finalist for 2014 NAHYP Award
The Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education Program has been chosen for recognition as a 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP)... DBM Press Release

Sunflower Festival Chronology Section
Be sure to check out our section dedicated to the Sunflower Festival. This chronological section will link you to 27 years of festival information, since the beginning in 1988. Read More

Help us celebrate 27 years of the Sunflower Blues Festival!
By adding your pictures and comments to our Sunflower Chronology page you can help us celebrate 27 years of great music and fun. Learn More


Museum Holiday Observance
The Museum will be CLOSED Monday, September 1, 2014
in observance of Labor Day.
We will re-open on Tuesday, September 2nd at 9:00am.
Have a safe & happy holiday!

MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS
The Delta Blues Museum Summer Hours began Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Museum will be open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. These hours will be in effect through October 31, 2014.

Tom Graves - May 9, 2014
The Delta Blues Museum hosted a multimedia presentation and booksigning with author Tom Graves on the life and afterllife of Robert Johnson. E-Vite Media Advisory

Muddy Waters Month
In celebration of Muddy Waters - the Museum hosted
new exhibits, author discussions, book signings, band performances and more during the month of April. We hope you were able to stop by and join in the festivities!

Limited Edition of Cathead Vodka to Benefit Deeper Roots Campaign
The Delta Blues Museum is partnering with Cathead Vodka, Mississippi's first legal distillery, on a new, limited edition series that will directly benefit the Museum's Deeper Roots campaign.
DBM Press Release

Delta Blues Museum Accepts 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Museum Director Shelley Ritter and community member Travis Calvin accepted the National Medal in a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
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DBM Band CD Released October 9, 2013
The DBM Band released its second CD "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. II" at Ground Zero Blues Club on Wednesday, October 9th The CD features blues artists Kenny Brown and Bill Abel as special guests. The CD can be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop for $10 with proceeds benefiting the Museum's Arts & Education program. E-Vite

Teachin' the Blues: Richard Crisman aka "Daddy Rich," A&E Program Instructor
We caught up "Daddy Rich" on his way out of the DBM classroom, where he teaches in our Arts and Education Program, to talk a bit about his musical background and his work with the students to keep blues culture alive and jammin.' Read More

Delta Blues Museum Receives MAC Grant
The Delta Blues Museum is set to receive a $27,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.27M in grants that the Commission will award in...
DBM Press Release

Delta Blues Museum Selected as Finalist for NAHYP Award
The Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education Program has been chosen for recognition as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP)...Read More
DBM Press Release

Driving the Juke Joint Trail
By Alex Crevar, New York Times
The next day, evidence of Clarksdale’s singular focus was everywhere. At one end of town, on the grassy front quad of the Delta Blues Museum, teenagers, college students and families lounged in the sun and listened to live bands. In the town’s center...Read More

DBM Receives Blues Trail Marker
The unveiling of the Museum's Blues Trail Marker took place April 11, 2013. A reception with music by the DBM Band followed the unveiling.

Delta Blues Museum Stage Renamed in Honor of Melville C. Tillis, Sr.
On March 11, 2013, in honor of Melville Tillis, Sr., Clarksdale's Delta Blues Museum Stage has been renamed to the Melville Charles Tillis Sr Delta Blues Stage. Melville passed away...
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Delta Blues Museum Director Shelley Ritter Honored by The Blues Foundation
The DBM family and friends are proud to announce that The Blues Foundation has chosen Museum Director Shelley Ritter as the recipient of the 2013 KBA award for her work in the Historical preservation and documentation of the Blues. We are also proud of fellow ...Read More


NEW! - DBM Artist Spotlight - Arthneice Jones
Born in 1946 in Glendora, Mississippi, and raised in Coahoma County, Gas Man's career as a harmonica player and songwriter was shaped by the late Johnnie Billington, who taught Arthneice as well as Arthneice's own band mates and other local legends through his work as a music instructor in Lambert and later for the Delta Blues Education Program. Arthneice fronted The Stone Gas Band - for many years... Read More

DBM Artist Spotlight - Muddy Waters
On what would have been his 100th birthday, the Delta Blues Museum proudly pays tribute to McKinley Morganfield-better known as the legendary Muddy Waters. One of the most powerful forces behind American music, Muddy was... Read More

See all the DBM Artist Spotlights
Each month the Museum posts a new article spotlighting the career of various Blues Artists.
To see our additional Artist Spotlights Click Here


Pinetop Perkins Workshop Experience
The Fifth Annual Master Class Workshop Experience will be held June 18 - 20, 2014. Be sure to join us for a Blues Showcase on June 20th at Ground Zero Blues Club
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James Lewis Carter aka "T-Model Ford"
Grave Marker Dedication

On behalf of Estella Ford and Fat Possum Records, The Mount Zion Memorial Fund invites everyone to the dedication ceremony for the headstone of James Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery The graveside ceremony was held on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Reception to follow at the Walnut Street Blues Bar. Read More

James Lewis Carter aka "T-Model Ford"
Headstone Dedication Ceremony Fundraiser

The Mount Zion Memorial Fund hosted a fundraising concert Friday, May 16, 2014 at The Blind Pig in Oxford to help raise funds for the headstone dedication ceremony of "T-Model Ford". Silas Reed, Cadillac Funk and others performed. Read More

Juke Joint Festival - April 10th-13th
The 11th Annual Juke Joint Festival was held April 12, 2014 with events starting April 10th and running through April 13th. We hope you were able to stop by the Museum while visiting the festival! Juke Joint Festival DBM Media Advisory

2014 Grammy Winners -
Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper

Congratulations! to Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper for winning the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album for their album "Get Up!". Their music film "I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up!" was nominated in the Best Music Film category. Read More

Sunflower Congratulates Former Headliners on Their Grammy nominations
The Sunflower River Blues Association congratulates former headliners Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush and Robert Plant on their 2014 Grammy nominations, announce... Read More

26th Annual Sunflower Festival
Last years Sunflower Festival included performances by the DBM Band, headliner Bobby Rush; with special events at the Museum and Ground Zero Blues Club honoring the late Arthneice "Gas Man" Jones; the opening of the new museum exhibit "25 Years of Sunflower" and much more. Read More

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite "Get Up"
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have been garnering a lot of press lately with their recently released CD "Get Up". In January, 2013 they performed on... Read More

 

Muddy Waters Cabin from
Stovall Farms




The remains of the cabin from Stovall Farms where Muddy Waters lived during his days as a sharecropper and tractor driver are displayed in the gallery.
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Muddy Waters Guitar
Made from a plank of wood from Muddy
Waters' Cabin and used on tour
by ZZ Top.

On view at the Delta Blues Museum

Custom Engraved Blues Bricks
Order Yours Today!

Show your support of the Delta Blues Museum by purchasing a custom engraved blues brick which will be used to complete the new Muddy Waters Addition.
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Museum Board of Trustees Meeting
The Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.

Sunflower River Blues Association Meeting
The Sunflower River Blues Association April meetings will be held on Mondays, July 14th, 21st & 28th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.



Follow Robert Johnson
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson.

Explore the New World
Click here to learn about Clarksdale's way of life and much more since its founding in 1839.

Follow Muddy
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters.



Follow Son House
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Son House.


Follow Charlie Musselwhite
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Charlie Musselwhite.



25 Years of Sunflower
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened August, 2013
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Son House Retrospective
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened June, 2011
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Give my Poor Heart Ease
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened November, 2010
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Ike Turner & Rocket 88
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened August, 2010
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Museum Hours

Summer Hours
(March - October )
Monday - Saturday
9 AM - 5 PM

Winter Hours
(November - February)
Monday - Saturday
10 AM - 5 PM

Address
1 Blues Alley
PO Box 459
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Phone
662-627-6820

 

 
For more information on the Delta Blues Museum, including exhibits, collections and driving directions, Click Here to download our brochure.


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Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees
Jim Herring, President
Tom Jones
Yvonne Stanford, Secretary
Jon Levingston
Regular meetings of the Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees are held the second Tuesday of every month at
6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.



Gift Shopping at the Delta Blues Museum
Don't forget to check out the Museum's on-line store for gifts that can be given in celebration of any occassion! We have something for everyone that loves Blues Music, the Delta, and the Museum. So stop by our Gift Shop for CD's, Posters, DVD's, Clothing and more.

Back by Popular Demand - Crossroads Hoodie
The Museum is once again offering the Back to the Crossroads Limited Edition Hoodie. This hoodie is a great gift for everyone! Quantities are limited - so stop by our Gift Shop and order yours today!

New in the Gift Shop • DBM Band CD "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 1". Order your copy today of the Museum's own student band CD featuring artists such as Charlie Musselwhite and more!

Crossroads tees
Probably the one myth about the blues that every blues fan knows the place where bluesmen supposedly sold their sold to the Devil to play well. Highways 61 and 49 cross again on our tees.
See Gift Shop





The Great River Road Mississippi River Parkway Commission
www.experiencemississippiriver.com

Partner Place National Trust for
Historic Preservation

The Delta Blues Museum has become a partnered place with the National Trust for Historic Preservation headquartered in Washington DC. National Trust members to receive discounts when visiting the Museum. www.preservationnation.org

The Delta Blues Museum is a proud participant of the 2014 Blue Star Museum Program benefiting active duty military families. Read More

2014 Certificate of Excellence Award

The Delta Blues Museum
is proud to announce
we have been awarded the
2014 Certificate of Excellence
by TripAdvisor.com.

Reviews of the Delta Blues Museum can be read at TripAdvisor.com


Other Regional Museums
We've put together a list of music museums and others outside of Clarksdale that you may want to add to your itinerary as you plan your visit to Clarksdale. See Them Now!

NorthStar News & Analysis -
The Voice of Today's Black Man
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DBM Band CD Release
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Volume II"
Released in October, 2013:
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 2"
The second CD featuring the museum's own student band.
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The Delta Blues Museum's Web site, www.deltabluesmuseum.org,was awarded a "gold" certification in the Corporate Design, small budget, multimedia category, by the Southeastern Museums Conference at their annual meeting, held in Charleston, West Virginia. Read More

1,000 Places To See Before You Die
 


You can find the Delta Blues Museum in the "Blues Highway, Clarksdale, MS" chapter of the publication "1,000 Places to See Before You Die", by the author Patricia Schultz.
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Five Innovative Museums
By Linda Zavoral, mercurynews.com
If your vacation plans include a U.S. trip, check out this list of stellar museums. This month, first lady Michelle Obama honored these five with the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services for their innovation and outreach...Read More

Delta Blues Museum Wins "Delta Best" Award
The Delta Blues Museum was awarded with this year's "Delta Best" award for outstanding contributions to Tourism in the Delta by...Read More

Mississippi Blues Marker Trail Schedule of Events
Mark your calendars for the upcoming ceremony dates along both the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail. More Info

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Exceptions to this policy can be made at the sole discretion of Museum staff and might include:
special events; scholars who have made arrangements in advance of their visits; and credentialed members of the press.

For more information or questions about this policy, please contact the museum at (662)-627-6820 info@deltabluesmuseum.org

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Current Hours - Monday thru Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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