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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
901-942-7685
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Ranked #4 of 86 attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, Educational Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You learn about Memphis Soul and it has a great gift shop. It is an award winning museum, and I highly recommend going.

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Nottingham Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Could have spent much longer here,you forget how much good music came from stax.try to arrange visiting time during school hours parking is easier,car park round back and it's free.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Closed on Mondays. Booker T and the MG's, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, and many more started here. Many of the artists came from the neighborhood. Very well laid out. Fairly large. I found there was too much reading. This is self guided. Should have audio guided. Lot's of great history here. At a conference I was attending,... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

if you are a fan of Rock and Roll you will enjoy the visit which will not take more than an hour to hour and a half and you could enjoy Beale street after the visit right out side .

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WASHOUGAL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was a really great learning experience. When I think of soul music, I only think of Detroit. Memphis was a force - I had no idea. I really liked the room with all the albums recorded at Stax and Isaac Hayes' Cadillac must be seen to be believed. I waited outside for my sister-in-law to pick me up and... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This tour didn't' offer headsets for the exhibits but did offer lots of videos and a great "Soul Train" screen! Great tour through the history of gospel and soul music in the south!

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This place is a must if you are a music fan. It wasn't expensive, particularly if you book as a package with a couple of other museums. The guys who work there are fab and absolutely love chatting to the tourists. I am a musician and I walked around this museum with my mouth permanently open! There is so much... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We enjoyed the Stax Museum; it was great! I learned a lot about the artists of my teenage years and bopped to my favorites by Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas, the Dramatics, Barkays, and Booker T and the MGs. A must visit to Soulsville! I was also impressed with the Charter School adjacent to this historic site in the heart of... More

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a very nice new museum. The exhibits are great and you can see things like one of Tina Turners tiny dresses. Go when they have people performing. Connected to teh museum is a music school and the students are wonderful. Note: this is not in the nicest neighborhood, so take a cab or bus. Don't walk around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I absolutely loved the Stax Museum, and would recommend it to any music lover. You start off the experience by watching a short documentary about Stax. It is rather old given that a number of the people on there have sadly passed away, but is perfect for bringing you up to date on your Stax history. The exhibits are great,... More

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