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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Address: 926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
Phone Number: 901-942-7685
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Ranked #5 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site...
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Type: Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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.
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Huntington, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Steeped in music history, a stop at the Stax Museum goes far beyond a simple archive of the albums produced in the venerable soul studio. The museum does a great job of connecting the story of the music with American history and how the then-recent history and societal changes created and shaped the Stax sound. In addition to a treasure... More 

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Ontario, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have to admit I enjoyed learning about the history of Stax Music. I have never heard of this record label before and was pleasantly surprised. If you enjoy music or are an history buff, I think you will enjoy it.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

All I can say is WOW. So much information about the Stax Recording Label. So many artists black and white working together during a time in history when the outside world couldn't seem to find common ground with each other. The school of the arts right next door. All the music brought me back to being a young girl watching... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Stax Museum is a self-guided tour and takes you on the journey of how Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, grew a record company into a multi-million dollar business based on gospel and soul music from local talent in the neighborhood. They discovered such talents as James Brown, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina and many others. If interested in... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Loved the music being played while touring to the point you wanted to dance while reading the exhibits. Very informative of the early years of music in Memphis.

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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

What a rich and engaging museum. A thrill to be in the reconstructed studio, and the exhibits paint such a hopeful, fascinating portrait of the collaboration between black and white musicians in a time when that was difficult to do. If you're going to go to only one music museum in Memphis, I'd nominate Stax (we also went to Sun... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This museum tells the story of Blues in Memphis so well! Displays are varied and rich in information using a multimedia approach. I learned so much about the importance of this record label.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

As a Brit it was a real eye opener as to what the situation was in the southern states during the early 60's and what people had to go through to get a voice in the US

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Loved learning about the roots of soul music and how memphis cultured it.... for me? coulda been more Elvis mention......... he did record here - a great Stax album!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Another relatively new museum paying tribute to music in Memphis and the Motown era. It's glitzy, bright and full of tributes, costumes and of course that big Caddy belonging to Issac Hayes. Hell I even got to see an Oscar on display.

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