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W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

620 W. College St, Florence, AL 35630
256-760-6434
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Florence
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.
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Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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231 reviews 231 reviews
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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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6 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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59 helpful votes 59 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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York, England,
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Unfortunately arrived too late to visit inside the building but just walking around the outside of the building evoked the feeling of the man who gave us the Blues - music that touched the soul of millions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The actual cabin home where W.C. Handy was born is amazing. It has been moved from its original site and none of the original furniture remains, although it has been furnished with pieces typical of that era. Small and interesting museum, well worth a visit.

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Lexington, TN
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65 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The W.C. Handy birth place museum was a delight. It isn’t a large structure or a long tour. However, they had many interesting artifacts from Handy’s career and it gives one a glimpse at Handy’s early life. The man who gave us our tour was an older gentleman and yes, at times, repeated himself. He was, however, a delightful and... More 

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Newburgh, Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Just wonderful restoration of his homestead and knowledgeable staff, I had to buy his book! Has his original home made instrument he used in his NY band!

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