National Blues Museum
Visitors interested in the history of American music shouldn't miss the National Blues Museum in St. Louis—an institution honoring the legacy of the blues, from field hollers to the recording studio. Exhibits on everything from the form's evolution to famous musicians, plus historic photos and costumes, bring the history to life.
With a commitment to preserving blues as a musical form, the National Blues Museum offers visitors all sorts of valuable cultural experiences, including exhibitions, public lectures, and weekly concerts. Music fanatics should pack all three into a single visit—so check the calendar before you arrive. To avoid the hassle of ticket lines, plan to pre-book admission online, and stick around for an evening blues show.
Things to Know Before You Go
Live music is hosted in the museum's Lumiere Place Legends Room.
Though most programs at the museum are included with museum entry, concerts require a separate ticket. For the best value, book a combo ticket that offers access to both.
The museum offers discounted admission to seniors and kids aged 5 to 17; kids aged 5 and under enter for free.
The museum is accessible for wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to reach the National Blues Museum, located in downtown St. Louis, is by car. Street parking is typically available, and there is paid parking nearby. Alternatively, take the MetroLink public transit system: Hop on the blue line or the red line, and get out at the Convention Center train station. Find the museum steps from the station, at 615 Washington Avenue.
When to Get There
The National Blues Museum is open every day, and hours vary during the week. If you plan to see a live show, book your visit on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
Where to See the Gateway Arch
Just about a 10-minute walk from the National Blues Museum, the Gateway Arch is one of St. Louis’ most popular landmarks. All travelers can appreciate this iconic structure and the adjacent museum, which offers exhibits about the region’s history. To get the most out of your visit, take a tram ride up the arch, or set sail on one of the paddle boats that depart from the arch’s grounds.