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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

191 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103 (Midtown)
901-205-2533
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Ranked #12 of 86 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Chronicling the artists and the music that shaped the legacy of "Memphis Sound," this museum features the Smithsonian's "Rock 'n' Roll: Social... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Boonville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We went here after the Discovery Tour by Backbeat Tours. Great history being told and we loved the displays with the actual clothes worn by the different artists like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, etc... Definately worth the trip!

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The Rock N Soul is another must see in Memphis. Along with the Stax museum and Sun Studios, this museum tells a great history of the Soul music and rock n Roll eras in american history

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Ottawa
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Wonderfully organized around significant musical eras - the juke boxes contain songs from the various eras - One could spend hours just listening to the recordings. Audio guide very easy to use. Allow lots of time there - it is very interesting.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Small; liked that you could go at your own pace with the headphones, but just not quite what I expected for $11. Only about three to four rooms to go through.

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ipswich suffolk uk
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

I thought that this museum was the best one of all the music museums that Memphis had to offer . A very warm greeting at reception and the tour began after we were given our hand and headsets . Everything on display had a number along with it and if you wanted to know more you pressed the number on... More

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Kimberly, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

My wife & I visited here and it was so informative! We spent over 2 hours touring it and the great thing is that you can go at your own pace- no tour guide to cattle drive you through... You can listen to so many different historic topics on how rock and roll and soul started. Plus the memorabilia was... More

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you were curious how R&B, Gospel, Rock & Roll and Soul were all connected, this is the place to come for answers. As a walk through self guided tour, you can trace the origins of these musical traditions back to their roots and come to understand how they all merged in one city at about the same time. You... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The layout was a little confusing - although the different rooms corresponded to the different time periods, some of the layouts within the rooms didn't make sense. It was crowded when we went (summer Saturday), but I really liked the exhibits where you could listen to many songs from a particular era on your headset, and therefore dive much deeper... More

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Nashville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

With a limited time in Memphis, I decided to skip the usual Graceland and Sun Studio visits in favor of The Rock 'n' Soul museum. Best decision,ever. This place is amazing. First, it is right off of Beale St. (in spite of the address), so convenient. This Smithsonian sponsored museum has excellent high quality exhibits packed with history and memorabilia.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We didn't actually tour the museum as our focus was Graceland and Studio B but found the staff very helpful as we waited to take the free shuttle to Graceland. You can wait in their lobby for the shuttle. Tour the gift shop as it has some neat stuff. If the museum is closed, the Westin Hotel is across the... More

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