Presidential Pathways / Columbus

Ma Rainey House and Blues Museum

805 5th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

706-653-4960
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After years of neglect, and after decades of being in a state of unrestored limbo, the Gertrude "Ma" Rainey House in Columbus is all dressed up and ready to rock. Exhibits in the Rainey Museum interpret the life and career of Ma Rainey, and trace the history and influences of the blues tradition of the lower Chattahoochee River Valley, a region for which Columbus is the population and cultural center.

When Gertrude "Ma" Rainey ended her show business career in 1935 after a lifetime of performing on the road, she moved back to her hometown of Columbus and settled into a a two-story "shotgun" house on Fifth Avenue. Rainey lived in the house for less than five years before she died of heart failure Dec. 22, 1939, at just 53 years old. Ma Rainey left behind a legacy as the "Mother of the Blues." During her long career, she tutored, sponsored, performed with, and recorded with many of the foremost pioneers of American blues and jazz -- Louis Armstrong, Thomas A. Dorsey, Blind Blake and the list goes on.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee $0.00

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    185, 85

    Special Tags

    Film & Music Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages