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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 #6 of 80 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site...
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Type: Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, 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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Worcestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Despite the original studio being knocked down it has all the original trappings, If you love soul music this is a good start.

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Milton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I had forgotten just how many hits STAX had. The 10 minute video was very informative and the self guided tour of the museum was enjoyable.

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Denton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

By the time we visited Stax, we were about musuem-ed out. We enjoyed it, learned a lot about soul music, saw beautiful costumes, heard great music. It was about an hour's worth.

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Sale, Cheshire
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

As a teenager in the 70s, I remember the sound of Stax so vividly. The names Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Booker T are like a roll call of all my favourite artists from that era, so Stax was one of the main places of interest for me in Memphis. The exhibits are good but the music was the main... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

No words. the sights and sounds that came from this operation are legendary. My only disappoint is that it's not the original building, but that's nothing they can help. The way they have reproduce it is fantastic. The exhibits are very well organized and easy to follow. Numerous activities throughout the museum, there wasn't a moment I was bored. (Put... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you are a music lover this is a must see. A lot of great memorabilia and the stories about how Soul Music came to be. Well worth the time to go see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great place to visit in Memphis, got a lot of interesting things to see and spent quite a bit of time in there.

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Clermont, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The STAX Museum presents a comprehensive history of the Memphis Sound that emerged concurrently with the Motown sound from Detroit. Many internationally recognized musical artists recorded at STAX, including Issac Hays, Al Green, Rufus Thomas, Booker t and the MGs and numerous other artists.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The whole experience was brilliant so much to see and hear and very well presented. Make sure you have allocated enough time to see everything as there is so much to see. This visit will take you longer to get around than Sun Studios as it is packed full of memorabilia and history. There is also the usual merchandise shop... More 

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Celina, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Went with son's high school band. Was WONDERFUL!! If you enjoy music, and history, this will give great insight to both.

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