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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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Description: 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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Must see for any music enthusiast.

Facts about my visit: -Museum needs a little attention. Some records look like they are starting to fall. The movie at the start seems a little out of date. Some projectors and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Facts about my visit: -Museum needs a little attention. Some records look like they are starting to fall. The movie at the start seems a little out of date. Some projectors and TV's didnt look like they were working correctly. -Self guided museum. Walk through at your own pace -Lots of parking. -Clean. Friendly staff -AAA discount Opinions about my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Filled with interesting exhibits and artifacts. We especially liked the video clips scattered throughout the exhibits that let us see and hear the artists. I also liked how the music was linked to all that was going culturally at the time.

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Cahokia, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Oh my, this is the place to visit if you want to know about the history of Stax. It has so much history in it about singers, costumes, it even has the original 'Superfly' car in there. Love this place.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This place takes much longer than Sun. (note, Sun takes about an hour or less). There is so much history here. Very well presented materials. Great gift shop! Friendly staff.

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Hadfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a recreation of the Stax recording studios (even down to the sloping floor) and is jam-packed with memorabilia of this historic organisation and its stars. Wonderful place to visit for any music buff.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is one amazing museum. It has the complete history of soul music in Memphis. It was interesting to see what influenced soul and what other genres soul influenced.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

To see some of the outfits worn in the 60's was interesting. People were smaller framed back then. Isacc Hayes his car was the icing on the cake for my whole visit. His taste and flare was beyond his time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This one is a rebuild, the original long gone, so it perhaps lacks the sense of history. Not to say they haven't done a good job and there is plenty to see, hear and look at. We didn't wait for the music session but if you go after lunch you may find a group playing. Our taxi driver warned us... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

For those unfamiliar with or just casual fans of "soul" music, this museum will be a truly educational treat. For hardcore fans of the genre in general, and Stax record in particular, visiting the museum is akin to the same sort of pilgrimage an Elvis fan makes to Graceland. Although the focus of the museum is on the history of... More 

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Memphis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

For a Native Memphis who grew up with Stax and Motown music it was a really nice blast to the past. Gold lame suits, platform boots, 'fros, and old tricked out Caddie. It was great fun!

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