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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
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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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Apple Valley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went to Stax, RCA and Sun on our trip to TN. Sun and RCA are by far the best. They had a lot of displays but very very noisy. Have to say it was interesting but I wouldn't go back. Liked the other two much more.

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Museum and neighborhood full of history & culture. A must see when visiting the city to know the history of the music movement.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

After sun studios,nothing was going to beat it,plenty of memorabilia music in the background,many of the stars were local,

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Buffalo, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Stax was a great museum dedicated to the history of the blues and soul music in the US. Plenty of exhibits to see as well as hear. I couldn't help but sing and dance to all the wonderful music.

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

My husband is a musician and a die hard soul music fan. Our anticipation was high, and we were not disappointed at all. It was exhilarating to be at the original site where all of this fascinating soul music history happened, to hear the story from those who were there (through recorded interviews), and to see some pretty cool artifacts... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If You're in Memphis you must see this place. Great Museum in a renovation, on the exact spot the original Stax Records studios was housed. Isaac Hayes Caddy is here, the Otis Redding artifacts gave me goose bumps. Excellent gift shop. Right next to really cool garden cemetery. AAA discount

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ipswich suffolk uk
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Avery interesting museum with a short film introduction of about 15 minutes long and then a walk around the museum at your own pace and take on board all the history of this soul music label and its artists . A little bit out of town but worth a visit especially if you like soul music .

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Victoria, Canada
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This little gem is a must see!! It is priced right - supporting the revival of soul and I learned so much more about the music I love. Even my husband came away thrilled despite only going for me. The soul train dance floor occupied my four year old as he danced so I could read the exhibits. Thank goodness... More

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Bradford
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a self guided tour of the museum after watching a short film giving the history of the Stax label. It is set in a modern building with only the exterior looking like the original building.

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winnipeg
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Well worth the effort outside tourist area Great memories of great artists h Isaac Hays in all his glory - wow So much talent

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