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Museums and Historic Sites

5530 U.S. 165 South
Gillett, Arkansas
(870) 548-2634  
The park features a complex of five buildings houses exhibits on the history of the Arkansas Grand Prairie and the Delta. The 1877 Refeld-Hinman Log House and the 1933 Carnes-Bonner Playhouse are original to the Grand Prairie. 


1741 Old Post Road, Arkansas Highway 169
Gillett, Arkansas
(870) 548-2207 
The first European settlement in the lower Mississippi Valley region, Arkansas Post became part of the United States during the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. By 1819, the post was a thriving river port and the largest city in the region and selected the capital of the Arkansas Territory. The park contains the January 11, 1863 Arkansas Post battlefield where vastly superior numbers of Union troops under major General John McClernand defeated Confederate defenders under Brigadier General Thomas Churchill. While Fort Hindman now lies beneath the Arkansas River, there are still remnants of Confederate trenches. The battle, as well as the rest of Arkansas Post's rich history, is interpreted at the park museum. Tour guides are available but must be requested for in advance.


400 Second Street, Indianola
(662) 887-9539
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday 12 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Winter hours - November - March, closed Mondays. Open special hours by appointment.
The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center uses the life of B.B. King to showcase the history of blues over the past century.



Bubba’s Blues Corner
105 Cherry Street
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
(870) 338-3501
Blues enthusiasts will find a large variety of CDs, ranging from the legends to the up-and-coming artists. During the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival, many of the performers head to Bubba’s for meet-and-greets and autograph sessions with their fans.


119 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 525-3655
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 
Folklore Store open Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
119 South Main Street has a streetfront store as well as a larger venue in the back, with offers lots of information about traditional music in the area, including blues, gospel, soul and rockabilly. Check their website for special concert listings.



141 Cherry Street
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
358-0972
Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
DeltaCulturalCenter.com
Exhibits interpret the natural and human history of Arkansas’s Delta region. Included are interactive audio and video exhibits chronicling the rise of Delta blues and gospel music; traveling and permanent music exhibits are in the Visitors Center at 141 Cherry St. Permanent history exhibits are in the Depot at 95 Missouri St. The legendary King Biscuit Time radio show is broadcast live from the center daily. Helena witnessed the forced migration of thousands of Cherokee along the "water route" to Indian Territory during the summer of 1838.





#1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, Mississippi
(662) 627-6820
Summer: 
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Winter: 
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Recently opened a new wing, doubling its exhibit area.



North 5th Avenue
Cleveland, Mississippi
(662) 846-4780
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;  Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


350 Columbia Street
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
(800) 358-0972
Reproduction of the Union Civil War fort in historic downtown Helena; a part of Helena’s Civil War multi-faceted heritage that includes Federal occupation, seven Confederate generals, and an encampment of thousands of freed slaves. In August 1862 the Union forces occupying Helena erected a redoubt of earth and timbers to serve as the key to the city's defenses. Fort Curtis, named for the Union general in command, was one of five fortified positions which enabled Union soldiers to repulse a Confederate attack on July 4, 1863, designed to recapture the city and relieve the siege at Vicksburg. On the day of the attack 4,129 Union officers and men, under Gen. Prentiss, were positioned in and around the fort against 7,646 Confederate troops under General Holmes. 




Desha County Museum
Highway 54 East
Dumas, Arkansas
(870) 382-4222 
The museum tells the story of life in a typical southern Arkansas farming community during the formative years of Desha County.






Freedom Park
750 South Biscoe
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
(800) 358-0972
One of more than 25 Civil War interpretive sites located throughout historic Helena and Phillips County. The park includes five major exhibits that explore the African-American experience in Civil War Helena. The exhibits follow the journey of the African-Americans from fugitive slave to freedom; and for some, enlistment in the Union Army and participation in the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation exhibit is the centerpiece of the park. Freedom Park is the first site in Arkansas to be designated for inclusion on the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program.




Entrance of the Tunica Resort Area, Highway 61
Tunica, Mississippi
(888) 4TUNICA


3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 332-3322
Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Graceland is open year round, but hours vary by season.






Guachoya Cultural Art Center
1652 U.S. 65 & 82 S
Lake Village, Arkansas
(870) 265-6077 
Experience the South through the eyes of its artists. Guachoya, named for the Indian Province located in Lake Village when DeSoto came to the area in the 16th century, is the cultural and artistic center of Southeast Arkansas. Exhibits and workshops by regional and local artists are held through the year.



623 Pecan Street
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
(870) 338-7790
Housed in an 1891 National Register of Historic Places building; artifacts include early paintings, Thomas Edison Collection, Native American, letters from General Lafayette, General Robert E. Lee, Civil War; Maple Hill Cemetery Diorama; bronze statue of Gen. Patrick Cleburne. Be on the lookout for Maybelle, the museum's resident ghost.







307 North Broad Street
Leland, Mississippi
(662) 686-7646 / 1 (866) 285-7646
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Honors blues and soul musicians from the mid-Delta region.






1150 Casino Strip Resort Blvd
Robinsonville, Mississippi
(800) 871-0711
Hollywood has always held a special attraction for moviegoers around the world. In good times and bad, they've sought the "bigger than life" experiences of the Silver Screen. In recent years, the American public's interest has expanded to the props, costumes, posters and other memorabilia of our favorite films. And Hollywood Casino Tunica brings it all to you just minutes from Memphis. Also on display are authentic Elvis Presley memorabilia. To read how Elvis was influenced by "The Blues" go to www.elvisinfonet.com/blues.html. Don't miss the Number 11 Racecar Elvis drove in "Spinout" and an original costume he considered a "good luck" piece, where each group of silver studs forms a four-leaf clover.


Howlin' Wolf Museum
307 West Westbrook Street
West Point, Mississippi
(662) 605-0770
Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment


1725 Jimmie Rodgers Drive
Meridian, Mississippi
(601) 485-1808
Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment


King Biscuit Time
141 Cherry Street
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
The longest-running daily radio show in the United States, the legendary program is hosted by Blues Hall of Fame member “Sunshine” Sonny Payne. The first show aired on Nov. 21, 1941, and featured Sonny Boy Williamson and Robert Lockwood, Jr. The name came from the show’s sponsor, King Biscuit flour. Payne became full-time host in 1951 and continues to broadcast live from the Delta Cultural Center weekdays at 12:15. The Peabody Award-winning program has a worldwide audience via the Web. Visitors are welcomed to sit in and watch the live broadcasts. The studio is located in the Delta Cultural Center Visitors Center at.




Lakeport Plantation
Lake Village, Arkansas
Part of Arkansas State University SITES program, the late 1850s (circa 1859), modified Greek Revival home was built by Lycurgus Johnson. It is the only remaining Arkansas plantation home on the Mississippi River. Guided tours are offered of the site at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. It has been restored as a museum focusing on the land’s transition from slavery to tenant farming.




191 Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 205-2533
Open Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tells the story of Memphis music, and the intersections there of blues, country, rockabilly, gospel and soul.







Rt. 2, Box 47A; County Road 109
Carroll County, Mississippi
(662) 455-3958
Monday - Saturday Noon - 5 p.m.






Muddy Waters' Cabin
The Muddy Waters Blues Cabin is an authentic shotgun shack located adjacent to the Muddy Waters Birthplace Blues Trail Marker in downtown Rolling Fork, Mississippi. This cabin is reminiscent of the type of home in which McKinley Morganfield, aka "Muddy Water," was born. The cabin is locked overnight. During Bridging the Blues, it will be open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
A project of the Mississippi's Lower Delta Partnership.




641 South Cokley Street
Lake Village, Arkansas
(870) 265-2868
Housed in the old 1910 Lake Village Infirmary, the museum contains rooms depicting the history of the community, including antique hospital equipment, World War II exhibition room and immigration of the Italians to Sunnyside Plantation at Lake Village.



1608 Highway 82 West
Greenwood, Mississippi 
(662) 453-0925
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


748 2nd Street
Friars Point, Mississippi
(662) 383-2233
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or by appointment






718 Perry Street
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
(870) 338-8535
Classic Victorian home has been renovated, authentically furnished and opened to the public for tours. Also serves as training lab for hospitality students at Phillips Community College. Fabulous First Thursday Lunch open to the public; reservations recommended. GROUPS: Special arrangements can be made for groups for any meal with advance notice.





411 Ohio Street
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
(870) 228-2266
Offers canoe and kayak rentals; trip offers a protected one mile paddle upstream to reach publicly-owned Buck Island, or use Helena as the jump-off point for more involved paddling. Only outfitter on the lower Mississippi River.


218 East Main
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
(601) 892-7883


113 East Second Street
Clarksdale, Mississippi
(901) 605-8662
Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Other times available upon request


Rohwer Relocation Center National Historic Landmark
Rohwer, Arkansas
Site of a Japanese-American Relocation Center from 1941-1945. Japanese-American citizens from California were interned here. Interpretive markers feature narratives by actor George Takei, of Star Trek fame, who lived there as a child. Two monuments and the smokestack from the original laundry highlight the cemetery. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.



St. Charles Museum
608 Broadway Street
St. Charles, Arkansas
(870) 282-3704
The museum features Civil War artifacts and an overview of regional history. St. Charles is the location where Confederate troops fired "the deadliest shot of the Civil War" on June 17, 1862.





926 East McLemore Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 946-2535
Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrates the artists who revolutionized popular music in the 1960s and 1970s through their recordings on labels including Memphis-based Stax and Hi. It often hosts live performances, including by the students at the Stax Music Academy.


706 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 521-0664
Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tours are given at the bottom half of every hour from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tour the facility where Sam Phillips captured for the first time the sounds of Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and more.




Ewing Hall, 1003 West Sunflower Road (Highway 8)
Cleveland, Mississippi 
(662) 846-4312





1 Museum Boulevard
Tunica, Mississippi
(662) 363-6631
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Covers a wide range of local history.






1 Riverpark Drive
Robinsonville, Mississippi
(662) 357-0050
Provides a unique opportunity to discover the great Mississippi River.


114 Cleveland Street
New Albany, Mississippi
(662) 538-0014
Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Oxford, Mississippi
(662) 232-7753
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Off Arkansas Highway 1 - White River
St. Charles, Arkansas
(870) 282-8200 
The 10,000-square-foot visitors center for the White River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Arkansas. The $2.6 million facility houses a bookstore and an environmental education classroom. Exhibits cover such topics as an historic timeline of the area, fish and wildlife, bottomland hardwood forests, bears, and birds and migratory flyways. Long-range plans call for the development of more than two miles of trails around the center. Established in 1935 and covering some 160,000 acres along the lower White, the refuge is home to the nation's largest contiguous block of bottomland hardwood forest under single ownership.



World War II Japanese American Reinternment 
100 South Railroad Street
McGehee, Arkansas
(870) 222-9168 
After entering World War II, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt created the War Relocation Authority, resulting in 10 incarceration sites for Japanese-Americans for national security. Rohwer and Jerome (Drew County), established in March 1942, were the WRA’s easternmost camps. The two would eventually house over 17,000 people. Rohwer, northeast of McGehee, opened Sept. 18, 1942, closed Nov. 30, 1945, was one of the last to cease operation. Remains include several commemorative markers and small cemetery. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places; a National Historic Landmark. Permanent home of “Against Their Will,” an exhibit about those interned at Jerome and Rohwer; located inside the McGehee Depot. Actor George Takei (Star Trek) lived at Rohwer as a small child.



NOTE TO TRAVELERS: 

Please check with the facilities in advance to confirm times, closures and admission charges.

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