The 23,000-square-foot National Blues Museum includes more than 16,000 square feet of highly interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits, a theatre, special event space and classrooms.
The Museum explores and preserves the historic significance of the Blues as the foundation of American music and celebrate the musicians who both created and advance the art form.
"Finally the blues, its rich, storied history, its unique cast of characters and its mojo has a home we can all be very proud of. This genre of music which has influenced so many artists throughout the last century is so very deserving of this museum,” said Devon Allman. Allman, a member of the National Blues Museum board, is an international touring and recording artist, a guitarist and singer with the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and son of Gregg Allman of the legendary musical Allman family. Allman’s enthusiasm for the project has been echoed by many others, including leading female artists, Shemekia Copeland and Denise LaSalle, film and television star, John Goodman, and Academy Award Winner, Morgan Freeman.
The National Blues Museum explores the various Blues styles and traces its history and American roots music from the Mississippi Delta through St. Louis to Chicago, its expansion across the U.S. and internationally. From the experience, Museum visitors will understand how the Blues deeply influenced Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and more.
Beyond the galleries and exhibits, the National Blues Museum hosts public programs and activities. Educational programming, a major component of the Museum’s mission, focuses on providing on-site curriculum-based music education as well as virtual educational opportunities accessible to all.
The National Blues Museum is located at 615 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM — 5:00 PM; Fridays open late until 8:30 PM; Sunday & Monday 12:00 PM — 5:00 PM. Admission fees. For more information, call 314-925-0016. (The National Blues Museum is closed until further notice.)
Blues Legends who significantly contributed to Blues history and its sounds have their stories told through sophisticated multimedia.