National Blues Museum

615 Washington Ave St. Louis

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National Blues Museum

The National Blues Museum is a museum dedicated to exploring the musical history and impact of the blues. In addition to exhibits, it provides entertainment and educational resources focusing on blues music.


The museum opened in 2016 and its mission is to showcase the importance of the blues to popular music today. Other styles of music draw their inspiration from blues including jazz, country, pop, and folk. According to the museum, blues has been about those feelings that are about the world: feelings of sadness and solitude and being impacted by the forces of the world around you. These feelings and emotions have resonated with millions of fans around the world. St.Louis was one of the hubs for the development of this genre and therefore features this museum dedicated to blues history. Among exhibits and artifacts, the museum also boasts a traveling exhibition featuring a collection of cigar-box guitars. Guitars were quite expensive back in the day so blues musicians would make instruments out of cigar boxes. The museum cost $14 million to create in a renovated historic building in downtown St. Louis. Check out this video from its grand opening!

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