The first National Blues Museum in America will open on May 8 2015. The museum, which is at 615 Washington Avenue in downtown St Louis, Missouri, is a project that has been backed by singer Denise LaSalle, Blues legend Buddy Guy, Grammy award winners Robert Cray and Derek Trucks, and renowned actor John Goodman.

The Blues Foundation‘s ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign has brought in €2,215,253 from more than a thousand contributors, who have included players such as Tom Petty, to fund the construction of the 12,000-square-foot site, situated across from the National Civil Rights Museum.

The National Blues Museum will explore the Blues and celebrate the genre as the foundation of all modern American music. The facility will educate guests in an entertaining environment that includes high impact technology driven experiences, a 100-seat theater, artifact-driven exhibits and robust public programming.