Holiday Observance - Christmas
The Museum will CLOSED on Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th in observance of Christmas.
The museum will re-open on Friday, December 26th at 10:00am.
Have a happy and safe holiday!

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.

Charlie Musselwhite Grammy Nominee
Charlie Musselwhite's "Juke Joint Chapel" has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Happy Birthday Billy Gibbons!
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, December 16, 2015.

DBM Band Performance - January 17, 2015
Be sure to order your tickets and join us as the DBM Band performs at the Crystal Ball black tie event "Alice in Wonderland" on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Respect the Kid: A Tribute to Mister Johnnie
Video of Charlie Musselwhite with Lightnin' Malcolm and Doyle Bramhall having a spontaneous jam in The Juke Joint Chapel.

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Dr. Frank Marascalco - RIP
We are saddened to report that on December 1, 2014, our former board member, Dr. Frank Marascalco, passed at the age of 91.
Dr. Marascalco's unparalleled support for the museum is evident in our continued growth and success. The Museum is deeply honored that the Marascalco family has requested memorials be made to the Delta Blues Museum in his memory. Read More

DBM Band Recognized by City of Clarksdale
The City of Clarksdale recognized the DBM Band for their success and win of the 2014 NAHYP Award on December 8, 2014 at the city meeting.

DBM Recognized on National TV
The Museum has been recognized on MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell show during his broadcast of the 2014 NAHYP Award Ceremony. Watch Video

Delta Blues Museum Accepts 2014 National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award
The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce we have been awarded the 2014 NAHYP Award for our youth educational programs.

The DBM Band performed at the White House and accepted the award presented by the First Lady during a ceremony on November 10, 2014.
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2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Blues Blast Magazine has announced the winners of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards. Recipients include Buddy Guy, James Cotton, and Bobby Rush. Read More

The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce their recognition as
an official partner in the Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming. Read More

Respect the Kid: A Tribute to Mister Johnnie
Throughout his lifetime, Johnnie was dedicated to
the blues and the Delta youth.

Be sure to check out this video for a look into the life
of Johnnie Billington.
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Send us your Sunflower Festival Experiences
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 Sunflower Chronology

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

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.

The Delta Blues Museum Winter Hours began November 1, 2014. The Museum will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm. These hours will be in effect through February 28, 2015.

Museum Holiday Observances
The Delta Blues Museum will be closed in observance of the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

DBM Band Performances - Dec 1st & 2nd, 2014
We hope you were able to join us at the Jonestown and Clarksdale Parades where the DBM Band performed.

Thomas Armstrong Book Signing - Nov 1, 2014
The museum is hosted a book signing with author Thomas Armstrong on Saturday, November 1st. We hope you were able to stop by the museum to meet the author and have him sign your personal copy of his book "Autobiography of a Freedom Rider". Media Advisory E-Vite

DBM Band Performance - Oct 24, 2014
We hope you were able to join us October 24, 2014 for the performance of the DBM Band at the Care Station Catfish Fry.

Internal Medicine Physicians - Oct 16, 2014
We hope you were able to stop by the Museum and welcome the new Internal Medicine Physicians on October 16, 2014. This event was open to the public and Sponsored by Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

Jimmi Mayes Book Signing - October 12, 2014
The museum hosted musician/author Jimmi Mayes on Sunday, October 12th, for signing his book "The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars". Following the book signing, Jimmi played live at Hopson Commissary. Read More

Mississippi River Interpretive Center Marker Unveiling - October 8, 2014
We hope you were able to join us at the museum for the unveiling of our Mississippi River Interpretive Center Marker. A reception with music by the DBM Band to followed the marker unveiling ceremony. Read More

Sunflower Festival - Aug 8 - 10, 2014
This years Sunflower Festival honored the legacy of Big Jack Johnson. The Museum showcased their latest exhibits during extended hours and the DBM Band opened Friday nights' performances. Other festival performances included Latimore, Johnny Rawls, Home Made Jamz, Super Chikan Johnson, Jimbo Mathus, Robert Belfour, Eddie Cusic, Pat Thomas, and many more. Museum Events
For the complete lineup and more information please visit

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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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 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

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

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

Rosetta Patton Brown - RIP
We are sad to report that Rosetta Patton Brown, the last surviving child of Charley Patton passed away on September 13, 2014.

Harmonica Workshop - Nov 7th
A harmonica workshop was held at Deak's Harp Emporium on Friday, November 7, 2014. For more information about the workshop contact Deak Harp.

Mississippi Saxophone Fest - Nov 8th
The Mississippi Harmonica Saxophone Festival was held in Clarksdale at the DBM Stage on Saturday, November 8, 2014. This years festival honored the music of Greg "Fingers" Taylor and raised funds for his increasing medical bills. For more info please visit:

Deep Blues Festival
The Annual Deep Blues Festival was October 16th through October 19, 2014. The Festival was held right here in Clarksdale, we hope you visited us at the Museum while in town!

King Biscuit Blues Festival
The 29th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival ran October 8th through October 11, 2014. The Festival located in Helena, AR; Included headliners Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings with special guest Sonny Landreth. Read More

Tennessee Williams Festival
The 22nd Annual Festival ran Friday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 4, 2014. The focus was on Williams play "Sweet Bird of Youth", with movie screenings, porch plays and much more. The festival was sponsored by Coahoma Community College. Read More

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite "Get Up"
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have been garnered a lot of press with their CD "Get Up". 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 next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.

Sunflower River Blues Association Meeting
The Sunflower River Blues Association meetings schedule for the 28th Annual Festival will be determined after this years festival concludes. Be sure to check back for updates.

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.

"Gone but not Forgotten"
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened July, 2014
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27 Years of Sunflower
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened August, 2012
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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

1 Blues Alley
PO Box 459
Clarksdale, MS 38614



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
Paul Wilson
Lera Kinnard, Secretary
Ralph Simpson
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!

Available in the Gift Shop -

Home of the Blues Tees
Heavy duty tee with colorful graphic on back and Delta Blues Museum logo on front. Dyed for "weathered" look and feel. Available in Washed Denim or Butter and various sizes. Get yours today!
Crossroads Tees & Hoodies
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 & 49 cross again on our tees and hoodies.
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The Great River Road Mississippi River Parkway Commission

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.

The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce their recognition as an official partner in the Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming. Read More

2014 Certificate of Excellence Award

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

Reviews of the Delta Blues Museum can be read at

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

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,,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

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.

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,
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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Visitors to the Delta Blues Museum are prohibited from photographing or video recording any portions of the Museum.

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

Museum Hours
1 Blues Alley - Clarksdale, MS 38614 - 662-627-6820
Current Hours - Monday thru Saturday - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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