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W.C. Handy Memphis Home and Museum

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W.C. Handy Memphis Home and Museum

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peterglassman wrote a review Oct 2019
Schaumburg, Illinois191 contributions65 helpful votes
This house is called a shotgun house, because it is so small you could fire a shotgun through it. If you walk past it and don’t see the sign you would not even notice it. W. C. Handy was not born in this house, nor is the house in the original location. The house had been moved from its original location in Memphis to Beale Street to be near the tourist area. Plus it was extensively renovated. It is essentially one big room with walls painted white and some photos on the walls and some artifacts. If you were led in here blindfolded and not told what it was, you would never guess. This is not everyone’s cup of tea and a little pricey for what you see. It takes about twenty minutes to see it and hear the story from the guide. There are steps to get into the front door. They have a handicapped ramp leading to the back door but the day we were there, the guide did not have the key to open up the back door, so my wife, who walks with a cane, had to climb the stairs. Call me silly but if you are going to the trouble and expensive of building a ramp for handicapped people, get a key for the back door. Also, they do not accept credit cards. This was the only place I encountered during a week in Memphis that did not accept credit cards. When I travel I do not take a lot of cash and like to conserve it as much as possible. And they do not allow photos. If you are really into W. C. Handy and if you are on Beale Street already then this place is interesting, otherwise, there are other music museums in Memphis that give more bang for the buck.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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labguides wrote a review Sep 2018
CA716 contributions95 helpful votes
Prior to going to the W C Handy home/museum, we called to make certain they were open. We were told they would be open until 5pm. We told them that we would be there in 45 minutes. When we arrived, the door was locked. We called again to find out that attendant was not there today .
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Paul K wrote a review Apr 2018
Hales Corners, Wisconsin287 contributions64 helpful votes
Only a true jazz junky would seek out W. C. Handy's home at the end of Beale Street next to the police station. A nice moment in history placed in a location that is accessible.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Lisa T wrote a review Oct 2016
Edgerton20 contributions7 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: October 2016
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LoveFunTravels wrote a review Oct 2016
Orange Park, Florida363 contributions191 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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