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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 #4 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This place is as much part of the fabric of memphis's musical heritage as Sun Studios and Graceland; and for me personally one of the highlights of my trip to Memphis, being a devout soulie. It's some way out of downtown so you're advised to get a cab because to get here you need to go through rough looking neighbourhoods,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I am a huge fan of the Memphis Sound, so this gets rated a 5 for that alone. I knew the Stax / Hi / Goldwax stories going in, but seeing all of pictures, artifacts and videos re-affirmed by passion for Southern Soul. The museum is much larger and very professionally done in contrast to Sun Studios, which is much... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We liked this museum, not maybe as impressive as the Rock and Soul Museum, but good exhibits. Wasn't easy to get to. Had to take a taxi as there are some less than desirable areas around the place. But worth a look if you like a bit of soul.

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Central Florida, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting museum and teaches visitors a lot about the Memphis musical sound and the history of Stax records and their musicians. Unfortunately, there are sounds blaring over one another creating a head splitting cacophony. While trying to listen to one piece, there's another video or recording blaring behind you or next to you. This becomes very... More

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Woodstock, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A wonderful tour of the Memphis beat and a considerable part of our contemporary music history. This museum is full of beautifully preserved artifacts, displays and audio clips displaying the impressive history of STAX records in Memphis. Of particular note is the restoration of the old studio property in which the museum is located. More importantly, the creation of the... More

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is a great little museum. You will need to drive but there is a car park so no problem leaving the car. There is music playing all the way round so you will find yourself swaying to the beat as you go. It gives a good insight of the origins of the local music. the staff are pleasant and... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great to see where much of the Soul music came from and they have done the Museum very well. Could easily spend 3 plus hours here

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Some great music came out of Stax studios. But until I went on the tour I had no idea about the story behind Stax or the impact on the community. The museum gives a good overview of the development of Rock & Roll. The music shop at the end is dangerous. There is so much good music there on vinyl... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

every aspect of this museum is great. The history plus what they do to help kids make something of themselves with scholarships is great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This was a very nice and short tour. The film that's shown at the beginning sets up a great foundation for what to expect on the tour. I took lots of pics and purchased a few items at the end of the tour. Definitely worth the money!

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