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W.C. Handy Memphis Home and Museum

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Address: 352 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3106
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+1 901-522-1556
11:00 - 16:00
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This tiny shack was once home to "the father of the blues," W.C....

This tiny shack was once home to "the father of the blues," W.C. Handy.

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One would assume this would be a tour where you walk in, see his house, hear a bit about him and walk out. I was pleasantly surprised to get a history of Beale Street along with... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Lisa T
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

One would assume this would be a tour where you walk in, see his house, hear a bit about him and walk out. I was pleasantly surprised to get a history of Beale Street along with learning about W.C. Handy.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely afternoon downtown so we thought we would checkout the house. Hours posted indicate it should be open, but the house was locked up with nobody to be found. We called the number posted and it just rang. Very disappointing.

Thank LoveFunTravels
Mandeville, Louisiana
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

The home had been moved here from its original location and we almost walked right past it rounding the corner onto Beale Street. It is tucked back in a parking area near the corner of 4th & Beale.

Thank raybyerley
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues, lived with his wife and 5 children in this tiny house during his time in Memphis. We were the only ones there that rainy morning, so our informative young docent had plenty of time to fill us in on this memorable musician. Essentially the tour includes 2 rooms: the front room which is... More 

Thank Nancy W
Paragould, Arkansas
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

This small home features the history of the man who made BLUES what it is today. Very educational and fun if you enjoy the BLUES.

Thank ArkansasMinister
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

Visited several times. If you like the blues; It is a must see. Also, it is on Beale street which is always a "Blast"

Thank Joey R
Plainview, New York
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Reviewed 11 July 2015

Small obscure place at end of Beale streets. Adds to the history of Beale Street and the WC Handy Park nearby

Thank Marc S
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Reviewed 2 April 2015 via mobile

We found this cute little house at the end of Beale Street right by the Police Station. We took pics of the outside but were unable to go inside. It was closed when we were there on a Friday afternoon. It was raining, so my only guess is that it's closed during rainstorms? There was no notice on the door... More 

Thank TNharleychick
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

I moved to Memphis from Little Rock, Arkansas because every other weekend we would come to Memphis to visit. We now have the luxury of listening to great music, seeing people from all over the world come to listen to the BLUES. When you hear a little 8 year old singing "Mustang Sally" and a 78 year old dancing to... More 

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

The museum is closed when we went. It is surprising to see it at the bottom of Beale Street behind the cop station. I thought it would be smaller. It is amazing to see the differences between WC Handy and Graceland. It is amazing to think how much Memphis is the birthplace to so much music. We were glad we... More 

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