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W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

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Music lover

I took a friend of mine from Wisconsin to see the Handy home and museum. He was really into music... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Florence, Alabama
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Must See Museum and Tour.

This is a terrific historical Museum filled with wonderful artifacts from the life and times of W... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Florence, Alabama
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Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.
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620 W College St, Florence, AL 35630-5360
+1 256-760-6434
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took a friend of mine from Wisconsin to see the Handy home and museum. He was really into music of all kinds and he loved the museum. Just seeing the piano and other instruments brings the feel of the place to life

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is a terrific historical Museum filled with wonderful artifacts from the life and times of W. C. Handy. The tour was very thorough in telling the life of Mr. Handy and why he is such an important historical figure. The Shoals area should be...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2018

I love WC Handy, so I wanted to visit since I had not been there since teen years; it could use some upgrading as far as making it more interesting and interactive, but I actually met the son and his wife and they are making...More

Thank GRITSfromAL
Reviewed 1 July 2018

This small museum was completely enjoyable. I recommend it highly. The city of Florence is to be commended for restoring this house. A future expansion is being planned. I wished to hear WC Handy's music in an exhibit. I loved the part about WC Handy's...More

Thank LWR2014
Reviewed 19 June 2018

It is a very interesting museum with the unique history of W.C.Handy and the history of the blues singer. Clean and well kept museum

Thank SID1952
Reviewed 5 June 2018

My husband and I visited the museum last week. It was so interesting to see the memorabilia and hear about W.C. Handy's life and accomplishments. He was an amazing, and talented, man.

Thank dianef399
Reviewed 2 May 2018

The St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy was the first piece of music I learned to play on the piano as a child, so naturally, I wanted to visit his birthplace in Florence, AL. The building includes the cabin he was born in and a...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

So much history! But the Curator, she was just terrific! Thankfully, we were initially the only ones there, and we just had the best conversation with her! We spent a good half hour just talking, and then some other people arrived, so we actually got...More

Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

I visited the W.C. Handy Birthplace & Museum during a school field trip with my son. I had not visited the museum in 30 years so I was excited to return. A curator led us through the museum while sharing history and stories of the...More

Thank AlabamaAngel
Reviewed 14 April 2018

I got a great solo tour of W.C. Handy's birthplace by a friendly guide with a good sense of humor. The cabin Handy was born in has been reconstructed with the original hand-hewn logs. Handy's favorite trumpet is on display, as is the piano on...More

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Judy L
21 February 2018|
Response from Mztgringo |
Microtel in Tuscumbia. About 6 miles away on hiway 72/ very reasonable prices that include breakfast, free pkg and WiFi. While there stop by Helen Keller’s birthplace (Ivy Green).