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W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

Address: 620 W. College St, Florence, AL 35630
Phone Number: 256-760-6434
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Florence
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Specialty Museums, Museums, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.
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Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Specialty Museums, Museums, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.

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New Market, Alabama
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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190 reviews 190 reviews
28 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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30 reviews 30 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
92 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
6 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Never knew the details of his life, a must see! Great little tour, lots of history and personal items.

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Glendora, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is one of the best I've been to. The story of W.C. Handy comes to life through the exhibits and the staff that guides you through. A MUST SEE if you're in the area. You can discover the wonderful accomplishments of this great man, and be a part of music history. The artifacts are caringly curated and they have... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Loved this piece of music history!! The renovations to the small cabin are fantastic and the treasures within its walls truly speak of the person who was W.C. Handy! The guides are very knowledgeable and like to answer questions. It's not a large place nor a long tour...but for the small entrance fee of $2.00...it's an absolute must if you're... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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93 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Our time in Florence didn't coincide with the days that tours are offered, (Tuesday - Saturday), but since we were so close, we wanted to at least drive by and glad we did. Loved the Yard Art!!! Hope to get back the next time we are in Florence,

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