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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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Fascinating and educational experience.

For those unfamiliar with or just casual fans of "soul" music, this museum will be a truly educational treat. For hardcore fans of the genre in general, and Stax record in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This one is a rebuild, the original long gone, so it perhaps lacks the sense of history. Not to say they haven't done a good job and there is plenty to see, hear and look at. We didn't wait for the music session but if you go after lunch you may find a group playing. Our taxi driver warned us... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

For those unfamiliar with or just casual fans of "soul" music, this museum will be a truly educational treat. For hardcore fans of the genre in general, and Stax record in particular, visiting the museum is akin to the same sort of pilgrimage an Elvis fan makes to Graceland. Although the focus of the museum is on the history of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

For a Native Memphis who grew up with Stax and Motown music it was a really nice blast to the past. Gold lame suits, platform boots, 'fros, and old tricked out Caddie. It was great fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It was 4 of us sight seeing at the Lorraine Motel. This is where we learned about the Stax Museum. We headed over to the Stax Museum and while we were about to pay found out about a Groupon they had for a group of 4 that came with a keepsake. We watched a great short film on how Stax... More 

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West Kilbride, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Stax is best thought of as a partner to Sun Studio, but for black music rather than white. I was in seventh heaven with all the names that we can timeline our lives to (Aretha the best!) and a very well explained story. We were warned not to walk back to the centre of Memphis from it and that seemed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Great museum that tells the history of stax as well as other R&B, Soul and Blues musicians! They have some awesome memorabilia!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Marvellous museum so well done, so much to see, takes a couple of hours with music all the way! Lots of music artefacts from music legends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This place didn't go in as didn't have time but it look ed ok I would go in if had time but need to know bout music

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The story of Stax records is a positive one; how a dream of an independent record label for black artists became a reality, a real cultural force that helped reshape music and black consciousness and made the label, its owners, its stars and its special brand of soul music into a commercial and social success, and helped foster black consciousness... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We visited the Stax museum as part of an organised tour of Memphis and Nashville and I must say it was one of the highlights of my trip. Although a soul & blues fan, I knew very little about Stax but the museum was so interesting. What's great about it is that it doesn't just give you information about the... More 

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