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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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Don't miss if you are into early rock and roll and R & B

Wow this place is amazing. You will follow the development of rock and roll from the earlier influences of R & B and will learn a lot of surprising facts - even for those of you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Wow this place is amazing. You will follow the development of rock and roll from the earlier influences of R & B and will learn a lot of surprising facts - even for those of you who think you know everything about the early days. Stax Museum is very big and you can easily spend an hour or two enjoying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is mostly remembrances and video stories of the history of STAX, so give your self some time to listen to the exhibits. It was great, moving and funny.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped in here during our visit to Memphis. While you do have to drive through some sketchy neighborhoods to get here - do it! The tour starts with a great video and then you are free to explore the museum and take in the exhibits. It brought back a lot of memories, and we learned a lot during our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Wasn't expecting all that much, but this turned out to be a wonderful place to visit. Tour will take longer than expected, unless you aren't interested in music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Great afternoons visit. Ought some great music of Elvis and a mug to take home and use. When it breaks, we will return. The atmosphere is tremendous.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The museum is set in the original Stax recording studio where greats like Isaac Hayes recorded. They begin with an introductory short film outlining the significance of the Stax studio and end with information about the Stax school for aspiring vocalists and musicians from the community in Memphis. The museum itself has a diverse array of artifacts, musicians' personal belongings,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Museum is very well done, but not being a big soul music fan, there were a lot of artists I did not recognize. Even though I didn't know many of them, their influence on other music styles was apparent as many of their songs have been remade over the years by other artists. A highlight is the custom Cadillac that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very important and educating on the string between Spirituals nad Rock 'n'Roll music through Rythm 'n Blues

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you love music or if you don't. Must visit. Price is excellent; information amazing. However, the parking is a pain, especially if you have trouble walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

So enjoyable. I never knew there was so much history there. Growing up in the north, you only heard about Motown. But the artist that recorded in Stax was vast. Very worthwhile trip for music lovers.

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