B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center


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Museum depicts B.B. King’s life & career in world context through exhibits & high-definition theater alongside interactive guitar studio

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Music history is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of instruments exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon to B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. Choose from the following options:

  • For $5, you get one adult admission (a $10 value).
  • For $10, you get two adult admissions (a $20 value).
  • For $15, you get two adult and two child admissions (up to a $30 value).

Earning a glowing review from the Wall Street Journal, B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center depicts the 60-year-plus career of the musician’s life in the larger context of a changing world. Individual exhibits move chronologically from the musician’s ‘30s delta beginnings milking six-string baby bottles, through the civil-rights movement, and onward through his rise to international success. To complement the exhibits, multimedia and film excerpts share rarely heard live tracks and television performances. Patrons are welcome to bring an identical twin to research tandem guitar picking while perusing the extensive archive of personal papers, photos, and instruments from B. B. King’s life and work. Fingers of all lengths are also free to traverse the fretboard in the museum’s guitar studio, where instruments can be found grazing placidly on ample grassroots.

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

Customer Reviews

We really enjoyed the museum and want to go back. The entire experience is one that many museums dedicated to a person aim for but rarely achieve. The presentation of personal, civic and historic events is well done. For me it was informative and for my dad it was nostalgic.
Jessica B. · November 1, 2016
This was a great experience and one I recommend!
Tammy · September 14, 2016
Plan to spend at least an hour and a half - maybe more. It's a wonderful experience!
Nancy C. · August 8, 2016
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