You don’t have to be a blues fan to appreciate the National Blues Museum. This “don’t miss” attraction in downtown St. Louis MO shows how the uniquely American art form remains an important part of our lives, our nation’s history, and continues to influence musicians worldwide.
Jazz, folk, country, rock, and rap all owe some or much of their existence to the Blues. Emotional and heartfelt, the art form has been a bedrock for virtually all American popular music since its birth.
Missouri’s National Blues Museum occupies the first level of the marble-floored, 1906 Grand-Leader/Dillards building, located downtown. It’s fitting that the city should be home to the museum. St. Louis, after all, is one of the main cities where blues first took hold outside of the South.
Visiting The Museum
The museum presents the history of the blues chronologically, beginning with its origins in the rural South. Visitors learn about factors important to the spread of blues, such as the great 1927 Mississippi River flood. Other exhibits detail the Blues’ effect on popular culture and, ultimately, the very fabric of our nation.
Popular and influential Blues musicians, both past masters and more recent artists, are highlighted throughout the museum. Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bessie Smith, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones, and many others are included.
The museum exhibits are fun and interactive, engaging and entertaining as much as they educate. One of the most popular allows you to create a blues persona and record your own song!
The National Blues Museum also hosts a variety of special events and concerts, with an event calendar that always seems full. Howlin’ Fridays, held 7pm to 10pm most Friday nights, sees live Blues concerts at the museum. Tickets are only $15 and seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6pm. Don’t miss out.
National Blues Museum
615 Washington Ave, St Louis, MO 63101
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