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 . . .
Koko Taylor Tribute
Masked Marauders, the greatest
hoax in rock history!
MUSEUM NEWS . . .
The Coahoma Community College Fine Arts Department and the Rock & Blues Museum have been working together with the Spring Semester Art Majors. On Friday, April 8, 2016 we held a reception and exhibit of the students’ work.
The following students received awards for their submissions: Byron Bays for his “John Lee Hooker”; John Porter’s “Self-Portrait” and Shonari McCray for “Biggers Impression #2.” This project is possible with the help of funding from the Community Foundation of NW Mississippi.
The Rock & Blues Museum has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the Commission will award in 2015-2016 and will be used to cover expenses for the museum’s programs, events and festivals. “The Rock & Blues Museum is in its 10th year of operation and plays 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 grant the Museum will continue to reach its long range goals."