Published on July 26th, 2022 | by TLV News


Mississippi Delta Blues Museum Installing New Permanent Exhibits

Latest phase of new exhibit designs to be unveiled in early August

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI – Beginning this week, Delta Blues Museum will install its much-anticipated, new permanent exhibits designed in collaboration with Louisville-based Solid Light, Inc. The Museum will close for the installation beginning Thursday, July 28th and will reopen on Monday, August 8, 2022 at 10 am.

Working in close collaboration with the design firm, Delta Blues Museum Director Shelley Ritter has overseen the project from its inception, working to create a fuller educational story of the history of the Blues and its artists by utilizing modern exhibit materials and functionality.

“It is exciting to see design ideas come to fruition, to see artist renderings become reality in our gallery,” Ritter offers, adding, “We hope visitors will be just as excited to see how we’re telling the story of the Blues in new ways.”

Of this latest phase of their ongoing design work, Solid Light project manager Jackson King says, “The exhibits will tell deeper stories of some of the most influential artists in Blues history and more. We at Solid Light are honored to be involved in telling the history and story of the living Blues in the place of its birth.”

Fundraising for the new exhibits has been ongoing and continues. This latest exhibit installation was made possible by state funding from HB 1730 and SB 2969. Museum Board Chair Dr. William Booker appreciates the support of investing in the state’s first music museum, recognizing Sen. Robert Jackson, Rep. Orlando Paden “and other Mississippi state leaders who see the importance of funding these new exhibits to further our mission and expand our reach.”

Music fans attending the 34th annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival in downtown Clarksdale are encouraged to visit the Museum and celebrate the sounds of the Festival performed live on the Delta Blues Museum stage from August 12th-14, 2022.

Museum tickets may be purchased by calling 662-627-6820 or by visiting for more information. 

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