The blues and Delta history are inseparable, but a handful of museums in the Mississippi Delta are dedicated specifically the blues. Dig in at these museums that are devoted to the music and its role in Delta history.
If you start your travels in the north, stop at the Gateway to the Blues Museum & Visitors Center in Tunica to get information on what’s going on throughout the Delta. But don't just pick up a map and run, there's a new museum here with hands on exhibits -- you can even write your own blues song.
A few miles down America’s Blues Highway (U.S. Highway 61) in Clarksdale is the granddaddy of the Delta’s Blues museums – The Delta Blues Museum. Muddy Waters' sharecropper cabin is here, and you'll see a lot of famous guitars. And check out the Rock & Blues Museum where you'll follow the blues from the Delta to where that most American sound met rock and roll.
Leland’s contributions to the Blues are detailed in The Highway 61 Blues Museum. Explore the history of nearly 150 blues musicians, some of them world famous, all of them local. And go deep into the life and legacy of the King of the Delta Blues, B.B. King at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.
The newest addition to music museums in the Delta is the spectacular Mississippi Grammy Museum, opened in March, 2016 in Cleveland. Mississippi has had more Grammy nominees and winners per capita than any other state. It is the only official Grammy Museum outside of the main exhibit in Los Angeles. The facility has feature over 20,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, much of it featuring the musicians of Mississippi.