The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi was established in 1979 as part of the Carnegie Public Library and is the oldest music museum in the state.
Since 1999 its location has been the spacious and historic Clarksdale freight depot, built in 1918, in the middle of the area considered to be the birthplace of the delta blues. It’s near Tupelo and not far from Memphis.
The mission of the Delta Blues Museum is to preserve and encourage the rich legacy and tradition of the delta blues. It has an extensive and vibrant educational program and workshops with instruction provided by professionals in the field of music and history of the region.
There are changing exhibits that include photography, sculpture, films and concerts that feature living musicians and groups that exemplify the heritage of the delta blues. One truly interesting and ongoing exhibit is the actual remains of the sharecropper cabin once occupied by Muddy Waters. The exhibit contains posters, photos, an actual guitar of his, and a life-size wax statue. It was at this cabin's porch that his music was recorded for the Library of Congress in 1941.
This is a site for music aficionados, history buffs, and those wishing to learn more about the history and significance of the delta blues. This is a special destination for families with children who are interested in music and musical instruments.