Museums all about the Delta Blues

The Mississippi Delta is the birth place of some of the United States’ most influential music to date. No music is likely more synonymous with the region than the blues. Artists like Charley Patton, Son House and Lead Belly all came from there and each helped create this new and wonderful type of music that would go on to influence the entire world. There are so many places to visit all over the state to get your fix of blues music, here are a few museums for those who wish to see the history and learn more about the Delta Blues.

The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi – Likely the most technologically advanced of these museums is the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, the sister museum to the first in Los Angeles. This is a museum that aims to teach visitors all about the cultural significance of American music. Mississippi was chosen for its input and influence in the history of the subject, producing artists like Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Robert Johnson to name a few. Here you can see the evolution of American Music through interactive displays that use touch screens, instruments and even dance mats to teach you. The GRAMMY’s are awards to honour great musicians and you can see many of the previous winners’ possessions here.

Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum can be found in Clarksdale and was established in 1979. It is the state’s oldest music museum. Here you will find all sorts of artefacts such as sheet music, recordings, musical instruments, costumes and many other important pieces of history related to subject.  The many exhibitions will be enough to please any fan but the real attraction is the rebuilt childhood home of Muddy Waters. The original home had more rooms than are featured here but the central part of the house was saved by the House of Blues foundation who donated it to the museum in 2001. Here you can see a lifelike statue of the man himself with information all about his life and music. The exhibit also has the ‘Muddywood’ guitar, an instrument made of salvaged wood from the home.

The B.B. King Museum

Opened in 2008 in Indianola Mississippi, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre is a museum dedicated to the world-famous blues artist after which it is named. This is a must for any fan of the artist, the museum takes you through his life and the story of the Mississippi Delta blues. His tale is told through videos and stories about his life, beginning with the social challenges he faced in the 1930s travelling through time to the height of his fame in the 60s.  You’ll be able to see an extensive collection of artefacts that belonged to King along with stories of other musicians of the Delta, highlighting their cultural importance. King died at the age of 89, in 2015 he was buried here at the museum in a planned memorial garden that you can now visit and pay your respects.