Where is the museum located?
In walking distance of each of the city’s major league sports stadiums and with an adjacent public transportation link within a block, the Museum will find its groove amid a wide variety of concerts, events and Convention Center visitors. Its home base is officially known as the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that includes office and residential space, a 212-room hotel, and a variety of restaurants, shopping destinations and upscale movie theatre. Nearby, visitors can enjoy exciting developments such as the Gateway Mall Conservancy, CityArchRiver 2015 Initiative, and Citygarden.
What are the hours of the Museum?
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM— 5:00 PM (Fridays – open until 9 PM)
Sunday & Monday 12:00 PM — 5:00 PM (Sundays – open until 6 PM)
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
How do I get to the Museum?
If I drive to the Museum, where can I park?
I’m not a Blues fan, should I still visit?
Beyond celebrating the music, the National Blues Museum connects the world to American history and culture and provides a pathway which transcends boundaries of race and background. Through artifacts and cutting-edge technology, the Museum allows Blues aficionados to explore and revel in its history and will engage new audiences in the genre.
Blues music is foundational to every other type of American music and the Museum demonstrates the role the Blues has played in shaping and chronicling the triumphs and challenges of American history and culture. Throughout a visit, visitors can creatively find their own voices, as Blues musicians have done for generations. Ultimately, the National Blues Museum will nurture understanding, creativity, and the arts –a musical beacon calling visitors to reflect, create, understand, and participate.
Where can I get information on where to stay while visiting St. Louis and the National Blues Museum?
For guests looking to book a hotel room near the National Blues Museum, we recommend Drury Inn & Suites – St. Louis Convention Center. Please click here for more information.
How much does it cost to visit the Museum?
Adults (18 years and older) – $15
Seniors Over 65 – $12
Ret. or Active Military – $12
College student with school ID – $10
Children ages 5-17 – $10
Children under 5 – FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)
Admission tickets can be purchased at the National Blues Museum box office only.
Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets for the National Blues Museum can be purchased by visiting the Museum’s box office.
Tickets for Howlin’ Friday concerts and Soulful Sunday concerts can be purchased by visiting the box office at the National Blues Museum or calling the box office to reserve your ticket over the phone at 314-925-0016 ext. 403. *Tickets for concerts are non-refundable but may be transferred to another date
Does the Museum offer group discounts?
Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Reservations required for group visits.
Adults (18 years and older) – $12 per person
Seniors Over 65 – $10 per person
School Groups – $5 per student (Bus driver and one adult admitted free for every 10 students)
Interpreter Guided Tours: $40 per interpreter* in addition to museum admission**
*Groups of 40 or more will require more than one interpreter
**Interpreter guided tours require a non-refundable deposit for the cost of interpreters
The benefits of every group reservation include:
- discounted rates for parties of 20 visitors or more
- no wait in line and expedited check-in
- a dedicated arrival time slot exclusively for your group
To book a group tour call or email:
Kirk Zimmerman, Education Coordinator: 314-925-0016 ext. 436
Dave Beardsley, Visitor Experience Coordinator: 314-925-0016 ext. 433
What if I just want to visit the gift shop instead of the entire museum?
That’s fine with us! The gift shop is open the same times that the museum is open, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, and Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. We sell all types of museum souvenirs and blues memorabilia inside the shop, including magnets, t-shirts, cups, guitar picks, keychains, and more. We also sell blues CDs and DVDs, as well as souvenirs pertaining exclusively to St. Louis. Call 314-925-0016 x403 for more info.
Can I plan an educational visit for my school class or home school group?
Is photography allowed in the Museum?
Photos and videotapes for personal use may not be taken inside the Museum, except for two designated locations inside the gallery. Photos, videotapes or audiotapes for any other use require advance notice and the express prior written permission from the National Blues Museum. To request permission, please contact the National Blues Museum.
Can I bring my snack/beverage into the Museum?
The Museum does not allow food or drink of any kind to be consumed inside both the permanent and temporary exhibition space. Trash cans are provided at the entrance for visitors to dispose of any food or beverages before entering.
Is the Museum accessible to guests with disabilities?
The Museum is wheelchair accessible, and Segways are also permitted in the Museum when used by individuals with disabilities as their chosen mobility device. Eliminating barriers to accessibility within the Museum is paramount in allowing all optimum access to the Museum experience.
Can I store luggage or other items during my Museum visit?
Museum visitors are welcome to carry a small purse or other bag with them. The Museum does not have facilities for the storage of larger baggage or cases; thus these are prohibited.
How can I purchase Museum merchandise?
You can purchase t-shirts in our online store here! We also have a full service retail store located adjacent to the entrance to the Museum (though online purchases will remain an option for limited items).
How can I sign up for the Museum's e-newsletter?
Visit our Stay Connected page for a list of our social media platforms and to subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Where can I find Museum press releases or talk to someone in the Public Relations Department?
Additionally, it is our policy that all visiting media schedule a time to tour the museum at least 48 hours in advance of their visit. Unless otherwise requested, all general media visits will take place Monday-Friday, when a member of our staff is present. Contact us for more information.
How can I request a ticket donation from the Museum for our fundraiser?
Consult our Donation Request page for details and requirements.
Can I have my wedding, reception, private party, meeting or event in the Museum?
Yes. The National Blues Museum is an ideal place to book your wedding, corporate dinner, or meeting. The Museum is available for rent after hours and use of our catering service will provide ease and affordability. Learn more via our Museum Rentals page.