Delta Blues Museum

1 Blues Alley Ln., Clarksdale, MS 38614 - United States





A 2013 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, and a 2014 recipient of a 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 of the blues. The Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi’s oldest music museum and the world’s first museum devoted entirely to the blues.


This year, Museum Day falls on Muddy Waters' Birthday! The Delta Blues Museum will celebrate by offering free cupcakes to visitors while they last. April is Muddy Waters' Month at the Delta Blues Museum and we will host several programs and events highlighting him.

Throughout 2020, the Delta Blues Museum will continue the installation of new permanent exhibits. Displays will showcase our large collection of artifacts, including musical instruments, recordings, sheet music, posters, photographs, costumes, folk art, paintings, and other memorabilia.

Among the highlights: Muddy Waters’ cabin from Stovall Plantation and examples of the type of equipment used to make the first recording of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker’s guitars, a special exhibit on Charile Musselwhite, a display on this history of Malaco Records, and many others.

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.