Sept 12, 2017
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM JOINS
13TH ANNUAL "MUSEUM DAY LIVE!"
Free Admission on September 23, 2017,
with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mississippi - September 12, 2017] - Delta
Blues Museum will open its doors free of charge on
Saturday, September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian
magazine's thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!,
an initiative in which participating museums across
the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian
Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which
offer free admission every day, and open their doors
for free to those who download a Museum Day Live!
Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary
power of museums, and other cultural institutions,
to provide visitors with insight and inspiration.
The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless
curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you
are. Over 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last
year's event, and this year's event is expected to
attract more museum-goers than ever before.
"As the world's first
museum devoted entirely to the Blues, we are excited
to partner with the world's largest museum and research
complex - the Smithsonian - in this important initiative,"
offers Delta Blues Museum Director Shelley Ritter.
"'Museum Day Live' offers a great opportunity for
people to visit those museums they haven't yet experienced.
Museums are relevant, dynamic cultural centers, and
'Museum Day Live' helps to promote this message."
The Museum Day Live!
ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday.
Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will
gain free entrance for two at participating venues
on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address
is permitted. For more information about
Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating
museums and cultural institutions, please visit
For more information, please
About Smithsonian Media
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Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises,
the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian
Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's
largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums
and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research
facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around
the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonian.com /
About the Delta Blues Museum
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 Mississippi's oldest music museum. A 2013 recipient
of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services
- the nation's highest honor for museum and library service
to the community - and a 2014 recipient of the National
Arts & Humanities' Youth Program Award, 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, the Blues. The Museum is honored to be a Great
River Road Interpretive Center.
The "Delta Blues Foundation" is
a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that supports
the work of Delta Blues Museum. All funds solicited through
the Delta Blues Foundation are raised to benefit the Delta
Blues Museum. On-line tax deductible contributions to the
Delta Blues Foundation include the Deeper Roots program
and the General Fund (a monetarily unrestricted contribution
made to the foundation in support of the museum). Memberships
and the Buy a Brick program are funded directly to the Delta
Blues Museum and are not considered tax deductible.
For more information on events
or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum
web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.
Members of the press may register
in the PRESS
ROOM on the Museum's website to access
further information, downloadable images and related materials.
This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal