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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 the state's oldest music museum. It was also the first museum in the world to be completely devoted to blues music. The Delta Blues Museum is featured on the Mississippi Blues Trail and features rotating physical exhibits as well as virtual tours. The museum is also home to several festivals throughout the year.


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Since 1999, the Delta Blues Museum has been housed in the historic Clarksdale freight depot, built in 1918 for the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. The building was designated a Mississippi Landmark Property in 1996. The former freight area- about five thousand square feet of ground floor space – is devoted to permanent and traveling exhibits.

The Delta Blues Museum Stage is adjacent to the museum classroom, which hosts a year-round music education program as well as lectures and symposia. The Delta Blues Museum Stage serves as the main venue for local festivals such as the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in August and the Juke Joint Festival in April.

Delta Blues Museum, Delta Blues Museum. Accessed July 4th 2021. https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/.

Delta Blues Museum, The Mississippi Blues Trail. Accessed July 4th 2021. http://msbluestrail.org/blues-trail-markers/delta-blues-museum.