Museums & Places
Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.
The Augusta Heritage Center is the Davis & Elkins College’s program for the Heritage Arts. Augusta provides instruction and performances, folklife programs, and a home for significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments, and Appalachian art.
The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center tells the story of King’s life, career, and stories of the Delta — its history and music, social mores and race relations, literature and legends, adversities, and successes. The museum is located in B.B.’s hometown of Indianola in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, the land that gave birth to American music.
Cat Head — Mississippi's blues store in Clarksdale since 2002 — is your essential stop for all things blues, tourism and Delta! Clarksdale is the only town in Mississippi with 'live' blues 7 nights a week, two museums and over a dozen annual festivals.
The Center for Southern Folklore is a private non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and celebrating the people, music and traditions of the region. It is located on Main Street in Downtown Memphis, where the Mississippi River touches the high bluffs along the riverfront. You can shop and peruse The Folklore Store to find unique gifts and works of art that speak to and about the South. You can explore The Heritage Hall & Galleries and sit in our "media lounge" to view some of our documentaries about the South. Every year during the Labor Day weekend we present our signature event: The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. Throughout the year we bring many performers to you at our stages in The Folklore Store and in Folklore Hall. You can also catch many of these performers and crafts people during one of our "Cultural Excursions" - field trips and tours - for a more in depth and intimate experience of this corner of the world. Create your own cultural event by hosting a meeting or party in our unique setting.
"The CMAM has a variety of tasks including the collection of Tunisian music and the archiving of music documents in the national sound archive. It also ensures the preservation of the artistic and musicological heritage of Baron d'Erlanger. The palace is home to a museum and serves as a venue for concerts in its interiors and courtyards." For more see the article about CAMM at Qantara.de.
CHM’s mission—to share Chicago’s stories, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning, inspiration, and civic engagement—is the foundation of the Museum’s programs and events, exhibitions, educational initiatives, publications, and collecting activities that touch the lives of all Chicagoans and help them make meaningful and personal connections to history. Recent exhibitions include, "Amplified: Chicago Blues Explores City’s Music Legacy"
Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues. Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state’s oldest music museum. Since 1999, the Delta Blues Museum has been housed in the historic Clarksdale freight depot, built in 1918 for the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. The museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the Blues, as a Great River Road Interpretive Center.
The Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) are founded on the flagship G. Norman and Ruth G. Eddy Collection of Musical Instruments. This has inspired further generous gifts and the acquisition of the Frans and Willemina de Hen-Bijl Collection of Musical Instruments, and the Robert D. Miller Collection of replicas of early instruments and related materials, including a small library of printed music. While the Eddy Collection consists primarily of instruments and paintings of instruments from America and Europe, Duke’s de Hen Collection includes over 200 musical instruments, 100 reel-to-reel field recordings, and 1000 slides of instruments from all over the world.
The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. We value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, our community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect. We create tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 35,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, plus much more. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.
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