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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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Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Rich music history. Something for all ages. You could spend the entire day reading the captions and living the journey of popular singers

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miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Loved it. Took me back to the good days with music and artist I grew up with. The area is not good and hidden, should be built up more so more people can see.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This museum is full of lots to see and learn about. The movie at the beginning is worth watching. We got there an hour before closing and had to rush through the displays, it would have been nice to take more time to see everything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I am biased - because I am a huge Blues Brothers fan, and two members of the band started there... But still - when you are moved by the MUSIC - you will like it. After watching a movie, you will see some memorabilia, see the studio, the ixing table, listen to some unforgetable music. Paying for the tickets you'll... More

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Carstairs, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Extensive history of Stax and its' influence on early Rock and Soul music. Not quite as compelling as the Rock and Soul Museum but worth doing as a trio along with a visit to Sun studios.

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Odense, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Learned a lot about soul / R&B Music while visiting Stax. You will see a lot of memorabilia from the early years and forward. Lots of Music to hear. A must see.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Loved the museum. Great history. Learned quite a bit about Stax Records. Oh, Isaac Hayes' car display was on point!!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

A musical treasure box that will have you boogieing through the exhibits and inspire you in the ways that music and talent overcome racial boundaries and connect us all. If your lucky, you'll catch a live session in the studio as we did, joining the associated Soulsville music academy students as they got schooled by The Memphis Blues Review in... More

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Detroit, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very cool museum, especially if you like soul music. Does a great job tracing the history. Interactive exhibits give a lot of information. Seeing the actual room where many of the legends recorded was awesome. And Isaac Hayes' gold-plated, teal-green Cadillac . . .must be seen to be believed! :-)

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Tampa, Fl
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I highly recommend this be a stop on anyone's visit to Memphis. My family and I truly enjoyed our time there and learning more about the rich musical history of Memphis.

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