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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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Address: 926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
Phone Number: 901-942-7685
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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of...

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee at 926 E. McLemore Avenue, 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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great place visit for history of Memphis and some great artist and were they got there first start in the music world

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

great place visit for history of Memphis and some great artist and were they got there first start in the music world

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Amherst, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this historic site recently and was amazed at the quality of this attraction. Great tour down memory lane with many artifacts from the famous blues artists of that time period so very long ago. They even have Isaac Hayes Cadillac there on display plus many things from other famous artists like Booker T and the MGs's organ that... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not an expensive outting that I really enjoyed. They have a great selection of tee shirts at the best price you will find in Memphis. I would have appreciated more of the Wattstax film.

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the museum was very interesting but the best part was a group of youngsters, aged 14 to 18 that were rehearsing and performed outstanding. a great initiative of the museum to support talented youth from Memphis that would not always get these chances in the world out there. as long as there are people who take such initiatives, there is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is right at the top for quality of the displays and presentation. It is much bigger than I imagined and held my interest for several hours. Highlight for me was the gold plated Cadillac.

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

came from Stax. Their list of legendary performers is second to none. It is very unfortunate that the good fortune this company went down hill after Dr. King was assassinated. I fondly remember the sound of the horns and how it influenced all of the bands in the day. If in Memphis, be sure to visit Stax.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

More in depth than Sun Studioes, Stax will take you back to the golden years of soul/R&B. The story boards, music and memorabilia are brilliant.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bit of a let down to learn the original building had been torn down and this was just a recreation but.. The museum was great, hundreds of things from the history of soul. Issac hayes gold plated car was sooo cool. Only negative thing i can say is everything in the gift shop is crazy expensive. I wasnt the only... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an informative, inspiring, and fun experience. It really helps you get in tune with the soul of the city and its history. Its great for music fans, history fans, and sociology buffs. Theres a lot of good info here and a lot to learn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice museum where you can listen to all the musicians and singers of the 50's, 60's and 70's and learn how they got their start. Awesome sounds! I mean they take it way back, showing how soul music became into existence. The price to tour the museum was reasonable @ about $15.00 with AAA.

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