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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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Address: 926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
Phone Number: 901-942-7685
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Description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of...
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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Get Your Groove On At The Stax

Great museum on early soul music and the music greats, black & white musicians together. We enjoyed all the artifacts, they even have a dance floor with Soul Train video in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Great museum on early soul music and the music greats, black & white musicians together. We enjoyed all the artifacts, they even have a dance floor with Soul Train video in the background. Park in the rear. There is a map on one wall showing where many stars lived before they were famous, in the neighborhood behind Stax. But ,... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went to Stax last week and had a good time. It was very informative and fun, with lots of opportunities to listen to music along the way. Some of the descriptions were a bit off-the-wall, and I personally would have liked a more factual approach, but I can understand that other people might like whimsy a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a great experience. If you love Soulful Music....this is the place to go. It was great to be in a place where Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Johnny Taylor, Isaac Hayes and others once recorded. I love the back story of Stax Records. I would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My wife and I visited on March 14, 2015. This was our first trip to Memphis. We grew up in the 60s. We were blown away by this museum. We spent 3 hours there and had a hard time tearing ourselves away. We read just about every display, enjoyed the charting of the course of American soul music, from small-church... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We found this wonderful museum thanks to Groupon and truly enjoyed it! My daughter, who gets bored easily, took her time taking photos of all of the information. We loved seeing Isaac Hayes' cadillac and clothing. It really helped us "live in the 60-70's". Great museum for families.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you like soul music, you must go to Stax. This is the place where it was born. Great exhibits and memorabilia. If you go to Graceland, you can buy a discounted combo ticket to Graceland and STAX and visit both. Parking is in a gated lot behind the building. The Soulsville Charter School shares the parking area with the... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A big museum packed with memorabillia and music you can choose to play at your whim. Wonderful if you are a fan of soul music, so much to see and hear. You get a bit of cultural overload after the first hour though! Probably need to allow at least 2 hours to enjoy it all. This is self-guided using Ipads... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Excellent memorabilia. Time well spent. Educational. Brought back good memories. The younger generation definitely needs to visit.Great value for the cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you like soul music, you must go to Stax. The history of Stax is so unique and inspiring, and of course the music is legendary. A wonderful museum and a national treasure.

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Moore, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Last time we were in Memphis we did Graceland and Sun Studio, but didn't have time for the Stax Museum. We came back this year just to visit the Stax, and we are glad we did. It was very informative and gave us a whole new outlook about soul music and the history of Motown.

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