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“Great History Leason”

Delta Cultural Center
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Helena
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Delta Cultural Center Visitors Center is comprised of three interconnected buildings within one block of The Delta Cultural Center Depot. Delta Sounds serves as a permanent, state-of-the-art exhibit area dedicated to the music of the Arkansas Delta: Blues, Gospel, Country, Rockabilly, and other regional musical styles. Exhibit highlights include an operating radio studio, listening stations, a variety of artifacts and information on legendary musicians. As you enter the Visitors Center you find our central gallery. This gallery provides a space for traveling and changing exhibits related to a variety of Delta topics which may include art, music and history. Also within the Visitors Center you find a large exhibit space which hosts extended exhibits. These exhibits are staff developed and run for a 3-4 year term. Currently the Center is featuring "Songs From the Field" exhibit. The Museum Store provides a variety of books, locally made products, music & gifts. Sales of all merchandise go directly to the Delta Cultural Center. Merchandise is available on-site, by phone, and soon on-line. Due to limited space, large groups may divide up to allow for shopping.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Little Rock, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great History Leason”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

The train station and the cultural center both are full of history - the train station is more of the development of the area and civil war information where the center is about the blues and its history in the area - both are well worth the time to visit - they are both free.

Visited August 2014
Thank mammiepoppy
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Interesting exhibit”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

If you're on the Blues Trail, make this one of your stops.
It is one of the better exhibits on the trail, and be sure to visit around noon on a weekday so that you can enjoy the live broadcast of King Biscuit Time. Sunshine Sonny Payne is a sweet man and will let you sit with him in the booth. He interviewed us on air too!
You will be part of history instead of just reading about it.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Julie S
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Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Interesting and very educational!”
Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Give yourself one and a half hours to look at all of the excellent displays. Covers the history of the blues, the geography, the culture of the area.

Thank chengelh
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
5,356 reviews
1,964 attraction reviews
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“Helped to understand local history and culture”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Always love these visitor centres - every state and region has its own characteristics and with limited time like I had on this "drive-by" trip, this centre made it easy to better understand the local history and culture

Visited August 2013
Thank RonWamberal
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Memphis, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Two museums that gives historical view of delta life”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Spent the day in Helena and went to both parts of the Delta Cultural Center. One section of the center is part of the visitor center and the second section is nearby at the depot.
Went to the the visitor center section first. Now this is a small museum,but set well. The first section when entering is about the Civil War engagement in the Helena area. Uniforms, weapons and articles of daily life of both sides are displayed. The other areas deal with the rich music heritage of the area. It starts with the harsh life of slavery and songs and music. On the opposite side highlights area blues and gospel singers. Also front and center is the world known King Biscuit Time.
A short walk up the street brings you to the depot location of the Delta Center. This section focus on the Civil War in more detail (second floor) and the people, the land and the Mississippi river.
The depot is located in an original historic building restored with the charm.
Mr. Howard on the depot section was very welcoming in greeting when entering and gave suggestions on other places to visit in the Helena area. However at the visitor center, the woman working the area early afternoon didn't acknowledge when entering. We returned after 4:00 p.m. and the second worker greeted us soon as we entered and ask did we need info.
The bathroom was very clean, which is a big thing with me.
There is no charge and donations are encouraged.
There's more parking at the depot section and both are less than a five minute walk between each other.
The gift shop has a wide selection of music from local and regional artists along with the usual gift shop fare.
Great way to enjoy the Helena area.

Visited March 2014
Thank airlink9972
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