Welcome to the land where blues began

Welcome to the Delta Blues Museum!

Since it's 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 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. Through funding by the City of Clarksdale, admissions, memberships, gift shop revenue, granting agencies and donations, the museum uses these public and private funds to carry out it's mission of preserving and teaching the Blues.

As the Delta Blues Museum celebrates it's 40th anniversary throughout 2019 you will discover new exhibits and exciting events to partake covering the Museum's 40 years of exploring the new and preserving the Blues of the past. We're excited to be here for you to visit us and explore the Blues!

Museum Holiday Observance

December 24 & 25, 2019

The Delta Blues Museum will be CLOSED, Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas. The Museum will re-open Thursday, December 26th at 10:00am. Have a Happy & Safe Holiday!

Book Signing at the Museum

December 06, 2019

We hope you were able to join us at the Delta Blues Museum for our hosting of author Hank Burdine on December 6th. His book, "Dust in the Road: Recollections of a Delta Boy" is available in the Museum gift shop. Click Here to purchase your copy today.

DBM Student Band Member Live Performance

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, a DBM Student Band member and Clarksdale native performed live May 16, 2019 in Philadelphia at the 2019 NON-COMMvention. Watch the video of Christone "Kingfish" Ingram at the Ground Zero Blues Club during the 2015 Juke Joint Festival. Hosted by WXPN in Philadelphia, this event was broadcast live via video webcast, streaming from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. And don't miss Kingfish's debut album, KINGFISH, which released on Friday, May 17th! Purchase your copy from the Museum's Online Gift Shop or visit the Delta Blues Museum.

DBM Artist Spotlights

DBM Artist Spotlight - Little Walter

When asked which harp player he liked most, John Lee Hooker said, "Little Walter. I like his style...". Little Walter Spotlight

DBM Artist Spotlight - Johnny Winter

After carving out his own musical career, Johnny Winter became a producer for Muddy Waters - reproducing the sound and atmosphere of vintage Chess Records recordings. Johnny Winter Spotlight

DBM Artist Spotlight - Charlie Musselwhite

The Delta Blues Museum is proud to shine a light on the Mississippi bluesman and longtime DBM supporter known to some as "Memphis Charlie". Charlie Musselwhite Spotlight

DBM Artist Spotlight - John Lee Hooker

The Delta Blues Museum proudly hails "The King of the Boogie" - the one, the only and Clarksdale's own, John Lee Hooker. John Lee Hooker Spotlight

DBM Artist Spotlight - Muddy Waters

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 Waters Spotlight

DBM Artist Spotlight - Sam Cooke

Born in 1931 in Clarksdale to Annie Mae and Rev. Charles Cook. At the height of his fame, Sam was shot and killed in a tragic and still-controversial series of events on the night of December 11, 1964. Sam Cooke Spotlight

Read ALL the DBM Artist Spotlights

Our Artist Spotlights are informative articles that specifically target various Blues Artists and their careers. Click Here to read all of our Artist Spotlights.

Muddy Waters Cabin from Stovall Farms

muddy's cabin

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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Festivals & More

November, 2019

Even though the majority of blues festivals have come and gone for this year, we hope you have been able to participate in the festivities! There are various events that occur during the winter months, so be sure to check the Museum's events page regularly for upcoming events! Didn't make it to Clarksdale in time for a festival? Just visit our Where to Hear page of local blues venues to visit during your next trip.

Museum Highlights & News

MUSEUM FALL/WINTER HOURS

The Delta Blues Museum will observe its Fall/Winter Hours and be open Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Fall/Winter Hours Hours will be in effect through February 29, 2020.

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.

Museum Awarded MAC Grant

Delta Blues Museum has been awarded a $23,100 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) for general operating support for the 2020 fiscal year. This grant is a portion of the nearly $1.4 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for FY2020 Press Release

The Votes Are In...

The Museum has been named the "Best Museum in Mississippi" by Budget Travel. The Museum was also nominated in three categories of River Travel's "Best of the River Road" in River Travel Magazine and were among the five finalists in all of them: #1 Best Roadside Attraction; #1 Best Education Center; and #5 Best Interpretive Center.

The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker

"John Lee Hooker's debut on Riverside Records is perhaps the truest to his Mississippi roots. Unaccompanied and playing acoustically instead of his usual amplified guitar, he turned in a wonderfully varied set of deep Delta blues, moans, boogies, one field holler, and even a bit of hokum. Some songs are autobiographical, others reworkings of blues standards-all stamped with the hauntingly personal Hooker touch. The audio for this 60th anniversary release is sourced from the original stereo tapes that were mastered on all analog by Kevin Gray at Coherent Audio. It was pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing." - John Lee Hooker Estate Available in the Gift Shop

New Exhibits Added

The Delta Blues Museum has been adding to the exhibits collection during the year. Be sure to stop by and check out our new additions to the Museum!

DBM Band New CD

Our Arts & Education students have been busy working on a new CD. The recordings have been completed and we are currently working on the artwork and licensing. Stay tuned for the CD release date. This CD is made possible thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

DBM's 78s Record Collection

78s record

Since our founding in 1979, the Delta Blues Museum has generously been given donations of thousands of 78s in every conceivable genre. Thanks to a Preservation Grant from the Grammy Foundation, the Museum has been able to catalog and archive the 78s that belong in our Collection. We hope you enjoy our 78s Record Collection

DELTA BLUES MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS
Exhibits, Events and More!

Music & Festivals

There are many festivals held every year in Clarksdale and surrounding areas. The Museum is happy to list out a few of the festivals to further enhance your enjoyment of the blues. As always, be sure to stop by the Museum when you're in town! We look forward to seeing you soon! Let the Museum help Plan Your Visit to Clarksdale today!

Clarksdale Film Festival

Perserving the blues through film, every January brings forth the Clarksdale Film Festival. For more information, please visit: www.clarksdalefilmfestival.com
January 24 - 26, 2020

Juke Joint Festival

April signifies that festival season is upon us here in Clarksdale, with our very own Juke Joint Festival. Always a crowd pleaser and a great start to the season! For more information, please visit: www.jukejointfestival.com
April 16 - 19, 2020

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

Almost as old as the Museum, the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival is held at the start of every August right here in Clarksdale. This festival is so legendary, the Museum has it's own special exhibit area dedicated to the Sunflower Festival as well as a Sunflower Festival Chronology on the Museum's website. For more information about the festival, please visit: www.sunflowerfest.org
August, 2020

Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival

Greensville, MS during September, you can find the Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Be sure to stop by the Delta Blues Museum on way there or back! For more information, please visit: www.deltabluesms.org
September, 2020

Cruz'n the Crossroads Car & Truck Show

Cruz'n the Crossroads is a traveling car and truck show, which usually finds it's way to Clarksdale during September or October. For more information and to confirm travel dates, please visit: cruznthecrossroads
September/October, 2020

Deak's Harmonica Block Party

A down-home block party held at the Harp Shack in Clarksdale. For more information, please visit: deakharp.com
October, 2020

King Biscuit Festival

Held at the start of October in Helena, Arkansas, the King Biscuit Festival is always a favorite. The DBM Band is usually performing and the Museum hosts special hours during this exiting weekend in Helena. For more information, please visit: www.kingbiscuitfestival.com
October, 2020

Clarksdale Super Blues Sunday

Clarksdale's very own post-King Biscuit mini-festival offering up blues, food, and entertainment throughout downtown Clarksdale. For more information, please visit: visitmississippi.org
October, 2020

Deep Blues Festival

The Deep Blues Festival is held mid-October in Clarksdale. For more information, please visit: www.deepbluesfest.com
October, 2020

Tennessee Williams Festival

Hosted by Coahoma Community College, the Tennessee Williams Festival is held in and around Clarksdale during the month of October. For more information, please visit: www.coahomacc.edu or www.mshumanities.org To learn more about the festival please visit: www.deltawilliamsfestival.com
October, 2020

Hambone Festival

The Hambone Festival can be found in Clarksdale near the end of October each year. For more information, please visit: www.hambonefestival.com
October, 2020

Museum Features

The Delta Blues Museum has garnered prestigious awards over the years, and have been featured in books and travel articles. Additionally, the Museum is home to it's very own student band (DBM Band) which has released cd's over the years and can be found performing at festivals, special events, and in holiday parades.

DBM Band cd's

The Museum's very own student band has released two cd's over the years. "From Clarksdale to Kansas City" Volumes 1 and 2 can be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop. Check out samples from Volume 1 on our podcast page

Blues Trail Marker

The Delta Blues Museum was greatly honored by becoming part of the now legendary Mississippi Blues Marker Trail. The Museum's Blues Trail Marker was unveiled during a ceremony on April 11, 2013, which featured a reception and performance by the DBM Band. To follow the Blues Trail, please visit: www.msbluestrail.org

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

In a ceremony at the White House, Museum Director Shelley Ritter and community member Travis Calvin accepted the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This award is our nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries. Read More

Delta Best Award

For outstanding contributions to Tourism in the Delta, The Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact awarded the Delta Blues Museum with the "Delta Best" award. Museum Director Shelley Ritter accepted the award on behalf of the Museum at the 2012 "Future of the Delta Conference". Read More

National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award

Once again, the Museum has been honored with another of our nation's prestigious awards. Museum Director Shelley Ritter and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram accepted the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in a ceremony at the White House. As an extra bonus, the DBM Band performed during the ceremony. Read More

1,000 Places to See Before you Die

Authored by Patricia Schultz, "1,000 Places to See Before you Die" features the Delta Blues Museum in the "Blues Highway, Clarksdale, MS" chapter. For more information, please visit:

Five Innovative Museums

In recognition of receiving the 2013 National Medal of Honor, Linda Zavoral of mercurynews.com compiled a listing of the top 5 museums honored. Read More

Museum Website "Gold" Certified

www.deltabluesmuseum.org, was awarded a "gold" certification in the Corporate Design, small budget, multimedia category, by the Southeastern Museums Conference at their 2009 annual meeting, held in Charleston, West Virginia. The current site was designed by Quimby Vance of E.Q. Design, with site mapping, copywriting and editing, and research by John Howell of Greenland Inc. Site building was performed by the design team at Verity Internet.

Museum Gift Shop

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.

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Crossroads Souvenirs

Probably the most widely known myth about the blues is the place where bluesmen supposedly sold their sold to the Devil. Get your Hwys 61/49 souvenirs today! Visit Gift Shop


Join us to mark this anniversary!

Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-627-6820

Monday - Saturday
9:00am - 5:00pm, Summer 03/01-10/31
10:00am - 5:00pm, Winter 11/01-02/28

Group Rates Available!
www.deltabluesmuseum.org

Blues News

RIP - Denise LaSalle

The Delta Blues Museum expresses their condolences to the family and friends of Denise LaSalle. The blues and soul music legend has died at age 78. Read More

Podcast - The Mississippi Roots of John Lee Hooker

We'll take a look at the Mississippi John Lee Hooker, his roots and influences, the music that impacted him when he was young. John Lee Hooker's music has an undeniable urban grit that came from his detroit surroundings, but Mississippi was at his core and you could hear it in every song he ever recorded. Listen Here

Norwegian Blues Festival Delegation is Welcomed to Clarksdale

Clarksdale's Sunflower River Blues Festival members welcome delegation from from the Notodden International Blues Festival. Read More

Musselwhite & Rush Win Blues Music Awards

The 36th Annual Blues Music Awards was held Thursday, May 07, 2015 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. Charlie Musselwhite won the award for Harmonica Instrumentalist, and Bobby Rush won the awards for B.B. King Entertainer and Soul Blues Male Artist.

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... learn more of the capitivating article by Christine Wilson.

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite "Get Up"

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have been garnered a lot of press with their CD "Get Up". Read More

Celebrate the Museum's 40th year!

There's always something new to see, do, and even to buy at the Museum! So be sure to come on in while you're visiting Clarksdale!

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

brochure

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

Lera Kinnard, Secretary

Tom Jones

Ralph Simpson

Paul Wilson

Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees Meeting

The Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Museum classroom.

DELTA BLUES MUSEUM PROGRAMS: EXPLORE AND LEARN
Follow the Blues masters and their travels.

Museum Affiliations

The Delta Blues Museum is 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.savingplaces.org

The Great River Road Mississippi River Parkway Commission Learn More



The Delta Blues Museum will again be a proud participant of the Blue Star Museum Program benefiting active duty military families. This years program begins Saturday, May 18, 2019 and continues through Monday, September 02, 2019. www.arts.gov



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

The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce have been awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.com. Reviews of the 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!

Listen to the local radio station and hear about local concerts during your stay in Clarksdale. www.wroxradio.com



NorthStar News & Analysis - The Voice of Today's Black Man www.northstarnews.com

The Museum is 40!

We are so excited the Delta Blues Museum is 40 years old! Not only does the Museum reflect Blues History through exhibits, events and education - we also have a full history of our own. So, throughout the year when you happen to be in town, whether it be just a quick visit, or for local events, be sure to add the Museum as a stop during your travels. In January, we installed a number of new exhibits - we can't wait for you to indulge your Blues!

Be sure to check our plan your visit for more details and other upcoming festivals and events.

Malaco Exhibit

The Museum and Malaco Records have unveiled a special summer exhibit in celebration of Malaco Music Group's 50th anniversary.
Be sure to stop by the Museum and check out this latest exhibit!

Delta Blues Museum Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Delta Blues Museum is a recipient of a Public Humanities Implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), awarding $460,000 in outright funds to the Museum for implementation of its forthcoming exhibit expansion, as the Museum approaches its 40th anniversary year. The NEH award also includes funding for a two-year staff position in Public Humanities. Museum Press Release

Kingfish Ingram

Don Wilcock interview young Blues sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram for Blues Blast Magazine. bluesblastmagazine.com

Rare Evening of Extraordinary Music

A rare evening of extraordinary music took place over the weekend at Red's Blues Club in Clarksdale when young guitar phenom Christon "Kingfish" Ingram and his band were joined by... Read More

Interview: Shelley Ritter with Josephine Reed of the National Endowment for the Arts

Interview between Shelley Ritter, Director of the Delta Blues Museum and Josephine Reed of the National Endowment for the Arts. Read the Transcript

Send us your Sunflower Festival Experiences

By adding your pictures and comments to our Sunflower Chronology page you can help us celebrate 30 years of great music and fun. Learn More Sunflower Chronology

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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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Welcome to the land where blues began
All About the Blues

All through the Delta Blues Museum and it's website, there is plenty of room to explore and learn about the Blues. From Artist Spotlights, Blues Music Festivals, and Museum Events to our Blues Education Programs, our many Exhibits, and Newsletters - there is always something new to expand your knowledge and participate in with the Blues.

Not sure when to schedule a visit? Check our Music & Festivals page or Events page to see what's playing at the Museum or locally in and around Clarksdale. We proudly participate in the Blue Star Museum program dedicated to our nation's service men and women.

This site made possible through the support of Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock River Foundation.

Support for the Delta Blues Foudation, Inc has been provided by explore.org, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.

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Museum Contact information

1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-627-6820
Email: info@deltabluesmuseum.org