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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 22 things to do in Florence
Type: Historic sites, Specialty museums, Libraries, Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.
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Type: Historic sites, Specialty museums, Libraries, Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Traveler Resources
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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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Atlanta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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195 reviews 195 reviews
28 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
92 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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159 reviews 159 reviews
6 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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