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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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Address: 926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106-3338
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum...

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering interactive exhibits, videos, vintage musical instruments used to create the Stax sound, stage costumes, photographs, records, and approximately 3,000 other items of memorabilia that tell the unique story, from beginning to present, of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records and the Memphis Sound.Artists highlighted include Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and hundreds of others.

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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation

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My favorite thing in Memphis!

We absolutely LOVED this museum! The tour was fascinating and there was an abundance of memorabilia in the exhibits - very informative too. Would definitely recommend 😊

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We absolutely LOVED this museum! The tour was fascinating and there was an abundance of memorabilia in the exhibits - very informative too. Would definitely recommend 😊

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Stax story is the stuff legends are made of. An indie neighborhood based label in the 60s and early 70s, Stax is as much the sound of the world below the Mason Dixon line as Motown was to those above it. True grit with soul, you start with an intro doc about 20 minutes in length, then you wander... More 

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Stax is larger and more expansive than Sun Studios and tells it's own different story. They had many artists under contract that are literally a who's who of the blues, such as Otis Redding. The exhibits are interactive and a lot of fun. This is a must see in Memphis. It takes about 1 -1/2 hours to do it justice.

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It was worth the visit. It wasn't super expensive to get in. There were some interesting things to look at but it wasn't a lot.

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Thank Lynnesnook
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I definitely recommend visiting the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis. The museum is well-curated, and has things for both casual music fans and those who are deeply invested in these artists. The displays are a fun mix of visual and aural material. For those interested in Civil Rights history, this museum is also a must-see. It helped... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great fun and another must do in Memphis. we took a cab to the Museum and had a lot of fun with great videos, exhibits and interactive play. A wonderful time documenting the rise and ultimate fall of Stax and how the music brought diverse cultures together.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is incredibly well done, tracing the roots of Memphis music. You can see Issac Hayes's pimped out Cadillac, show your best moves on the dance floor, and relive the memories of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Make time for this jewel of museum in original stay recording location. Really interesting and guarantee u will learn alot and have fun. Closed Monday's. U can then drive; uber or taxi to Gus's fried chicken original location from here. Never busy like sun studios or Graceland. Hidden Musical gem!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great afternoon or morning visit. Historic old Stax Museum features the great era of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, and the Bar-Jays...not to mention Otis Redding. This was the Motown of the South and will always remain an important musical form. Terrific displays and memorabilia from this classic time and place.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a trip to the Stax museum. The museum is normally closed on Mondays which was disappointing for me as that was the only day I could visit whilst celebrating a significant birthday. The Ops Director Lisa Allen actually opened the museum up for me to attend. Absolutely fantastic visit after years of collecting Stax records. Many thanks Lisa... More 

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