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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 2014
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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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New Canaan, Connecticut
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Stax museum is on the actual location where Stax records stood. It has several components - the museum, an academy and a working recording studio. The history section is very interesting and worth visiting. To exemplify the roots of soul music in gospel, there is a full size old AME church inside. There are old films showing how country, gospel,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I visited the museum with a group who actually remembered the Stax era. It began with a video presentation that was chock full of information and Stax music. From there, the actual tour began. The displays are fascinating: clothing, cars, archival footage and music, music, wonderful music. It is educational and entertaining.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The Stax museum is a short drive from the city centre and well worth a visit. The history and story of Stax are fascinating and the museum is done really well

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Informative, fun and beautifully told story of stax and soul music. Staff very helpful. Don't miss it!!!

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Glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and thought provoking. Didn't realise that soul music originally started through gospel singing.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the Stax Museum. I do have to say, however, if you didn't live through those times when soul music was popular, this museum probably won't have much interest for you.

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam and Dave, Booker T and the MG' s, The Mar-Keys, Johnny Taylor....the list is endless.....Stax gave us a whole box of sock it to 'em soul classics, 'Mr Pitiful', 'Gee Whiz', 'Hold On, I'm Coming', 'Green Onions', 'Who's Makin' Love'.....Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton did us proud and say it loud..... The Stax Museum on... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

so much history here and well worth the visit. this takes you back into the history where it all began. ensure that you visit here on your next trip to memphis

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Warren, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I was very good.To see all the different instrument that was use.Looking at all the customs that was wore.I especially looking at Issac Hayes car.A gold Cadillac with the carpet being some type of fur.Fridge located in the back,all the trills that were availbale during his rise to vain and fortune.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I visited the Stax Record Company Museum it was soooooo much fun! Leave time to read and interact with the exhibits. The best part was the Soul Train dance floor. A bunch of us-visitors could not resist dancing to the Sooooooul Train music! It's historical and educational about the Stax contribution to American music.

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