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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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soulful

I loved seeing the time period of soul from my youth presented. So many great artists ! The studio setup was very interesting

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Marysville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I loved seeing the time period of soul from my youth presented. So many great artists ! The studio setup was very interesting

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Lincs UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Whilst Graceland may pull the punters in by the thousand, STAX gives a thoughtful (and no-less excellent) view of the Memphis (and greater US) music scene in the 60's. The musuem opens with a super film on the history of the studio and its performers, and then allows the visitor to go through the history of the label and the... More 

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Starting off with a film capturing the context, the feet started movibg. All through the many sub-stories of the overall story of soul, we hear music-clips, we see interesting memorabilia, and it continues for long. Very stimulating - and very classy t-shirts in the shop as well

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Westland, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

There was a lot of information about the history of soul music and Stax Records. A lot of great exhibits, including Isaac Hayes' Cadillac! At the end of the tour make sure to have some fun in the photo booth and have your "retro" picture taken!

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Stax Records is to Memphis what Motown is to Detroit. Both started in 1959 and shaped American music for a generation. While the "Motown Sound" became more mainstream and broadly influential, Stax led the way in it own genre of Southern soul music, spawning names like Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and the Staple Singers, among... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you are a music lover then Stax should be your stop. Learning about Otis Redding, Black Moses & other will have tapping your feet & moving your head

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We really enjoyed this part of music history. It was very thorough and informative. There is a LOT to read, so kids might gloss over some of it. But still worth the trip. Nice audio tour.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Spent about 2.5 hours at Stax. Loved the history, exhibits and stories. Wasn't familiar with Stax but certainly familiar with the performers. Just amazing era of music. Really enjoyed the information and music! This was a highlight of our trip to Memphis!!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

loved the movie at the beginning...ran out of time to really look and feel everything "( ...also enjoyed taking an interactive picture with my husband with retro clothes and the proceeds going to the academy. The only dislike may be and this is just being picky...the way some of the exhibits were arranged

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Westminster, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We loved our experience at the Stax Museum. It gave a great overview of soul music, especially that Memphis sound. It takes about 90 minutes to see it all. There is safe parking behind the museum. They also have a nice gift shop at the museum that includes both vinyl and cd recordings of your favorite Stax artists. If you... More 

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