After seeing the Country Music Hall of Fame , I definitely wanted to see the National Blues Museum. Blues after all was a founding father of most music that we know and love and I was curious to see its roots. Unfortunately, although the museum is lovingly tended, there were comparatively few artifacts. It makes sense since most of the blues legends traveled and were relatively poor that few of their artifacts remain, but that left the museum with describing their work largely through the written word. Although the $15 was on the steep side for the size, I would recommend seeing it, IF you are a big fan of the blues. If nothing else the music as we walked through was great and there was a terrific gift shop.
My favorite section talked about the famous women in blues. That was amazing although I wish some of the dresses they wore (or reproductions) were on display. These women were trail blazers and were extremely brave in defying convention.
I had to join in on the fun!!!
There were some great displays showing how blues was the father of rock and roll and how many of those early musicians worked with famous blues artists to help get their sound. This went all the way to modern day artists who openly owe their success to those who came before them.
We had fun as we walked around, I just wish it had more displays, but hopefully they will receive more financial help from other museums and musicians over time and I was happy to do my part to support them. There was one terrific harmonica collection (over 900) that was donated to the museum.
And as I mentioned the gift shop was great. I bought my favorite shirt of the entire time in St. Louis there.
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