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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
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Ranked #4 of 87 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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Woodstock, Maryland
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184 reviews 184 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you like R&B THIS is the place to go. It is located in a suburban type neighborhood, easiest gotten to by car. They have their own lot for parking. Only one criticism is that have the phone staff know directions from nearby streets (especially large main ones) to the museum. Give yourself more than 2 hours because this museum... More

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Amherst, MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I could spend hours here, but unfortunately we had chosen to waste most of a day waiting for the vans at Graceland. Take my advice and leave yourself enough time to listen to every song, study every photograph and steep yourself in the stories of some of the best musicians who ever lived.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The museum is quite large and will take you a good hour or more to see everything. It is very well presented and gives a good history of the artists that recorded at Stax. Admission was $12.00.

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Austin, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Visiting the museum of American Soul Music was fascinating and fun. Seeing historical spiritual influences helped me understand and admire the musical achievements of soul musicians.

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