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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
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I learned a lot about the Memphis sound and scene at this museum every state should have something like this displaying the history of their music.

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We spent 3 hours there--the displays and interactive exhibits are marvelous and the music takes you back to a place and time that brings back so many great memories. The artists represented by Stax were truly musicians--no electronics, or gadgets--- JUST PLAIN RAW TALENT and MUSICIANSHIP. This was one of the greatest experiences I've enjoyed in a long time. Allow... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Couldn't get enough of this place, it's a journey through a memorable past highlighted by the musicians of that time. The history of soul music is played out here. A visual trip through a moment in time. Great shop on the way out the Tees are very high quality

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

So much we did not know about this little record company and its history! The Stax commitment to music education is inspiring.

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Isanti, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Enjoyed the tour with audio guideance. Spent a little over one hour seeing the history of Rock and Roll.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I've been living in Memphis for 13 years and I've taken two groups of relatives to the Staxx Museum. This is among the top three places I take them. They do have some affordable souvenirs. They also have a photo area where you can take pictures in some 70's clothes. This museum is in the Black neighborhood, where it was... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

for a city with so much music tradition and legand this is a must for all music fans the number of artists that have passed through the studios and their achivements are so well prsented

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This ended being much more than we expected. The details and information was very enlightening and the music was very nice. A must do when in Memphis

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you like good music and history, you'll want to visit. Nice museum. Lots to read and see. Isaac Hays gold plated car is a must see. Museum accepts AAA discount. Gift shop is a tad pricey. Cute little dance floor close to the end of the exhibit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The museum and its artifacts are great and well worth the visit. However, it is very out of the way and in an awful part of Memphis. If you are going to go, get a cab and make sure he is there for you before standing around on the streets outside...Seriously.

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