The Delta Cultural Center Visitors Center is composed of three interconnected buildings that feature two areas for exhibits which are always changing and the Delta Sounds Room.
The Delta Sounds Room serves as a permanent exhibit dedicated to the music of the Arkansas Delta. This includes Blues, Gospel, Country, Rockabilly and other regional styles. There are a number of listening stations featuring examples of music from the Delta as well.
One of the highlights of the Visitors Center can be found in the Delta Sounds Room. That highlight is an operating radio studio which is dedicated to presenting “King Biscuit Time.” Visitors from everywhere visit here each year to experience the broadcast which runs from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. “King Biscuit Time” is the longest running daily blues radio show in the United States. It was first broadcast on November 21, 1941 by KFFA Radio. Since then the program has become known around the world. In 1990 the Delta Cultural Center began broadcasting from a remote studio.
Local Musicians will stop by sometimes and perform live on “King Biscuit Time” but it is better to call ahead to see about dates for these events. Below is one of those times where some great guitar players performed on the show:
There is an information desk as you walk in the front door where you will be greeted by one of the fine employees of the Delta Cultural Center.
Off to the side of that desk is the Museum Store which provides a variety of books, shirts, music and other gifts. Sales from the store go directly to the Delta Cultural Center.
The Delta Cultural Center is part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The Visitors Center is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitors Center is designated a stop on the Great River Road and Crowleys Ridge Parkway, part of the Cherry Street Historic District and a stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
Exhibits in the other two rooms are always changing and they might be under construction when visiting. Past exhibits have dealt with music, art, World War I, and much more. Please come by and visit this great museum. Just like the Delta, the center is alive and always changing. Come be a part of that change. Visit the Delta Cultural Center.
Free Admission, gift shop, handicap access, public parking, public restrooms, public wifi
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