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 . . .
It’s official - come celebrate our 10th Birthday in Clarksdale. We officially opened in August 2006. Come inside and beat the heat on August 12, 13 & 14, 2016 . . .
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 . . .
MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION GRANT AWARDED TO MUSEUM
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.
“Organizations that support the arts play a pivotal role in growing Mississippi’s creative economy,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support their work, which reinforces the value of the arts for communities and for the economic development of our state.”
“For over a decade, the Rock & Blues Museum has played a vital role in the area’s creative economy and the revitalization of Clarksdale,” said Theo Dasbach, the museum’s founder and Board President. “With the financial help from the MAC grant, the museum operates 7 days a week and provides a valuable resource to the community preserving the area’s rich history as the birthplace of America’s music.” The museum’s grant writer, Heidi Knochenhauer said, "With the support of this generous Operating Grant award from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), the Rock & Blues Museum will continue to reach its long range goals to continue fundraising and attain financial sustainability for years to come."