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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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Address: 191 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103
Phone Number: 901-205-2533
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Chronicling the artists and the music that shaped the legacy of "Memphis...
Chronicling the artists and the music that shaped the legacy of "Memphis Sound," this museum features the Smithsonian's "Rock 'n' Roll: Social Crossroads" exhibition.
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One of the best museums I have visited

Tells the story of popular music from blues and country of the 1930s to the present day. Interesting displays including memorabilia, and a lot of examples of music to listen to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Tells the story of popular music from blues and country of the 1930s to the present day. Interesting displays including memorabilia, and a lot of examples of music to listen to. Plenty of seats to sit on while you listen, too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I was somewhat disappointed with the size and content of this museum. As a fan of rock and soul music, I was surprised there was little or no mention of Little Richard, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The Temps and the Tops, etc. If they expanded their collection to be more inclusive I think this could be a top-notch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It opens at 10am and we spent 4hours there! Could have spent even longer . It charts the way rock and soul developed and you get head sets and listen to a commentary and as much music as you like. One of the best places to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great place to visit it is a self paced tour of rock and roll, soul and country and how they came from some the same roots.

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I am not a museum person but I loved this. You start out with a movie about the beginning of music in Memphis and how the music scene evolved. You then move on to the museum and are given a headset and audiobox. There are many interesting displays to see. It was very well done. You did not have to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is music I grew up with but there were new people and new tunes in addition to the classics. Great use of technology to present the music and the times.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Memphis has a very cool vibe to the city in general, and there's no better way to kick off your trip than with a visit here. You learn so much about the history of the music scene and where it all started. I absolutely adore this museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

This was a good way to spend a rainy, overcast afternoon. It starts with a short overview video. Then you are handed a headset and radio receiver. The tour from this point is self-guided, but aided substantially with the headset equipment. The information is very interesting and highly informative. I came away knowing a lot about the early days of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Memphis was shut down due to a few inches of snow (Graceland, Civil Rights Museum, and Sun Studio all closed!). The manager of the Rock N Soul walked his way to open the museum for those of us brave enough to take on a few inches of snow! The museum was well worth it. An amazing walk through music history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This museum is reasonably priced to get in, I could have stayed there all day just listening to the stories and music, you are given headphones and just wander around by yourself listening to the history of rock, blues country and soul. A good way to spend a cold day. It is also easily accessible.

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