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National Blues Museum, St. Louis

National Blues Museum, St. Louis. Paul Sableman/Flickr

Immortalized in W.C. Handy's "The St. Louis Blues", the city's rich Blues tradition makes it a natural home for the National Blues Museum. Plans for the museum, announced in 2010, came to fruition in April 2016 with backing from supporters like Blues Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle and legendary guitarist Buddy Guy. Interactive exhibits trace the history of the Blues and explore the influence the style has had on American culture and music-displays also feature physical artifacts, including a guitar of Chuck Berry's and vintage records. Regarding the Blues as "Living History", the museum also hosts live bands in its concert space, and in June 2016 partnered with the CityArchRiver Foundation to hold a free Blues concert series.

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