OUR MISSION is to serve as an educational resource preserving the rich history and evolution of American music from blues, country and gospel to rockabilly, rhythm & blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll, including rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, funk, punk, and heavy metal.
The Rock & Blues Museum exhibits music memorabilia spanning several decades, from the 1920s through the 1970s. The museum shows not only the influence of American music, from its roots in Blues to its life in American pop culture, but also its impact on popular music and culture around the world.
The Museum is managed by Rock ’n Roll Museum Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in Clarksdale, Mississippi. All donations and contributions made to the museum may be tax deductible (consult with your tax advisor)
The museum opened for the general public on August 16, 1997, in The Netherlands. In August of 2005, the museum moved to the current location in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and reopened on August 5, 2006.
TOUR THE MUSEUM, a $5 donation takes you back in time through more than 3,000 square feet and over 50 years of music memories! The Rock & Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, is packed full of music memorabilia from the 1920s through the 1970s. Follow the evolution of America’s music from blues, R&B, and rockabilly to rock ‘n roll and soul and see how it influenced people all over the globe. Read more about the Museum’s collection . . .
COMING EVENTS . . .
NEW EXHIBITS . . .
The widow of “Mighty Sam” McClain recently donated some memorabilia to the museum. We have prepared a new exhibit about this blues and soul artist. We want to thank Mrs. Sandra McClain for her wonderful donation and her help in keeping the heritage alive! Click here for photos of the new exhibit.
MUSEUM NEWS . . .
The Rock & Blues Museum of Clarksdale, MS, has been awarded a $14,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2016-2017 and will be used to cover expenses for the museum’s programs, events and festivals. This grant is made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.