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Blues Hall of Fame, Memphis

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Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, The Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. With 200 affiliated Blues societies and a membership that spans the globe, the Foundation's signature honors and events - the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Awards - make it the international center of Blues music. Its HART Fund assists the Blues community with medical assistance while it's Blues in the Schools programming exposes new generations to Blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.

A twenty-five person Board of Directors governs the Foundation, supported by an esteemed Advisory Board. Funding for The Blues Foundation comes from membership dues, private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants from private foundations, government agencies and arts organizations and merchandise and event ticket sales. Contributions to The Blues Foundation, including membership dues, are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
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  • If you are a blues fan, you will want to check out the Blues Hall of Fame while in Memphis. You can spend hours checking out the exhibits and learning about this great genre of music. You are sure to ...  more »
  • Small but very nice. Gives through the setup a good picture of the development of the blues ad well as its heroes. We liked it very much. The possibility to select and hear key numbers adds a lot to t...  more »
  • Nice little Museum worth checking out if you are a serious fan of the blues. Real close to Beale St. and downtown attractions.  more »
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  • For a $10 cover I expected a bit more, but what was there was well done. I enjoyed the breakdown of sections by era of development and then by instrument, but the transition and the theme of each could be a lot clearer, and the flow could tell a much more coherent story. The computer system for browsing bios and music is excellent, but only if you are already familiar with the artists and have some idea of what you are looking for. If you're already somewhat of a blues aficionado, you'll enjoy this. I'd like to see it grow into a place that is more beginner-friendly where people can go to be introduced to and learn about the blues.
  • Smaller building but full of content. I could have easily spent hours on end listening to all the music they have archived in this place. Tons of memorabilia to view as well. The people who run the building are very kind and welcoming. Also it is very cheap to enter.
  • I love da blues but u can skip this place. Not much to see.
  • It's interesting, but very sparse number of exhibits. They really need to step it up, and I'm a huge blues fan.
  • This is a small little Museum but the sound booths downstairs with all the different Hall of Fame artists was a lot of fun to sit in and play with. The history and music is amazing and is well worth the price of admission.

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