From Illinois Business Journal news services
ST. LOUIS — The National Blues Museum will officially open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 2, in Downtown St. Louis.
“The National Blues Museum will celebrate this great, national treasure of the Blues, attract visitors to St. Louis from all across the country, as well as provide quality educational programs for students and guests of all ages,” said Dion Brown, the museum’s executive director.
“We are thrilled to bring this project to completion after many years of planning and fundraising. We could not have completed this without the amazing support of private and public supporters in the St. Louis region and beyond,” said Rob Endicott, chairman of the board and partner at the international law firm, Bryan Cave LLP.
Centered at Sixth and Washington Avenue in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) District in Downtown St. Louis, the National Blues Museum will be in the hub of St. Louis’ convention and tourism district, in walking distance of the iconic Gateway Arch, each of the city’s major league sports stadiums, the Convention Center, and Citygarden.
Details regarding National Blues Museum’s opening events leading up to the public opening of the facility will be announced in the coming months.
Blues icons and Grammy Award winners including Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Derek Trucks have all supported the 23,000-square-foot National Blues Museum, which will include more than 16,000 square feet of interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits, an exclusive 150-seat performance area, special event space and classrooms.
The museum will explore and preserve the historic significance of the Blues as the foundation of American music and celebrate the musicians who both created and advance the art form. Beyond the galleries and exhibits, the National Blues Museum will host public programs, educational events and other community-based activities.
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