The guitar is a powerful instrument for expressing feelings that words cannot—whether played, shot out of cannon, or angrily thrown through the window of the DMV. Celebrate a guitarist who rarely expressed himself through destruction with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two adult admissions to the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola (a $20 value).
Called “likely the most elaborate museum in the U.S. about a single living musician” by the Wall Street Journal, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center has enlightened more than 25,000 visitors about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi delta since the museum opened in 2008. A vibrant presentation of personal papers, photographs, film, and life artifacts chronicles King's humble beginnings as a young musician touring the Chitlin' Circuit in the South and his ascension to become an international icon and a Grammy award-winner for “The Thrill is Gone." Introduce yourself to the King of the Blues in the museum's high-definition projection theater, or practice scales in a virtual guitar studio. Each exhibit looks at a specific era in B.B. King’s life, from his delta beginnings in the ‘30s all the way to the ‘90s, when he reclaimed his rightful place as King of Barbados.
- The $14 million facility is likely the most elaborate museum in the U.S. about a single living musician, but Mr. King's stature justifies the investment. – Craig Havighurst, Wall Street Journal
- With its sleek, linear design, the 20,000-square-foot museum carved out of the old cotton gin is a convergence of old and new. – msnbc.com
B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
Blues is one of the few music genres considered to be wholly American, and its roots are firmly planted in the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta. Here, too, is where legendary musician B.B. King came of age. Indianola's B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center celebrates not only King's prolific career, but also the significance of the Mississippi Delta to music then and now. Interactive exhibits take visitors through the guitarist's life in chronological order, starting with his boyhood in the Delta and culminating with the highlights of his decades-long career.
The Building: The 20,000-square-foot museum was built on the site of an old cotton gin where B.B. King once worked.
Valuable Relic: Tucked in the section about B.B.'s pre-celebrity life is the Panoram, an early video jukebox on which he first saw the big bands he became so enamored with.
From His Early Career: In the exhibit on what was known as the Chitlin Circuit, you'll find the leather-bound notebook in which King stashed his song charts, meticulously cross-referenced by songwriter.
Other Mementos: Memorabilia from King's life spans the decades, including a quilt from his boyhood home, his draft card, and various iterations of his guitar, Lucille.
Hidden Gem: The museum also includes items from other artists of his era, such as Janis Joplin's handwritten lyrics.
Hands-On Exhibit: Under video instruction from B.B. King himself, visitors strum tunes on guitars.
From the Press: "The ... facility is likely the most elaborate museum in the U.S. about a single living musician, but Mr. King's stature justifies the investment." — Wall Street Journal
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