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W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

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Address: 620 W. College St, Florence, AL 35630
Phone Number: 256-760-6434
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.

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A very good tour!

The museum consists of both the log cabin in which Mr. Handy was born, and an fairly large museum with exhibits of his life. The birthplace home is original, though it has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Shapley_Hunter
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Thebes, Illinois
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Thebes, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The museum consists of both the log cabin in which Mr. Handy was born, and an fairly large museum with exhibits of his life. The birthplace home is original, though it has been moved to the current site from its original location a few blocks away. The museum is quite good. Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and made for... More 

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Blue Springs, Mississippi, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Very interesting tour about the man who helped define jazz and blues. Lots of awards, letters, and pictures. The home was humbling and interesting to see.

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Atlanta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is the place to visit if you like to research the history of the modern music. W. C. Handy was the man. This place has so much to offer and the stuff is great, very proud for what they do. Even if you are not the fan of music, this place has the history to be seen. I love... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Passing through the area, stopped on a whim and was so glad we did. Lots memorabilia. Our guide was delightful and informative. A must see for blues music lovers.

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New Market, Alabama
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46 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The old homestead portion of this museum is humbling. You can also view many of the awards presented to Mr. Handy, as well as a few letters from presidents back in the day. We spent $2 for entry and was able to browse at our own pace.

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Florence, Alabama, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Carried my son to visit when he was here & we both enjoyed the tour. Lots of music displayed & photos

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Dothan, Alabama
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197 reviews 197 reviews
28 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

I've always been a fan of the blues, so for me to get to visit the birthplace, museum and library of the father of the Blues was truly remarkable. The young lady on duty at the museum was knowledgable and very helpful in providing insight on Mr. W.C Handy and his accomplishments. This should be on your list of things... More 

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Russellville, AL
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This out of the way little house is packed with what he was and where he took us with his music. Well worth the time and the cost is nothing.

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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Did not know this was here in Florence until stopping at visitors center and glad we went by to see.

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Florida
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167 reviews 167 reviews
6 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Very interesting museum. Later we read about "Jim" (our guide) who was very active in the civil rights movement. The museum even had the Handy's original trumpet on display.

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