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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Address: 926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
Phone Number: 901-942-7685
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Ranked #5 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site...
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Type: Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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.
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Florence, Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This is a really great museum. They rebuilt the old Stax Records studio and they turned it into a museum for all of Soul Music. They have great exhibits, lots of interactive features and you even get to see the recording equipment and instruments in the studio of some of the greats. You may not realize how much musical history... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

It was pretty good, not really in depth, but I nice sampling of the history of Stax. I loved hearing that they have a charter school associated with the museum, which is teaching a new, younger generation of musician/scholars

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Brisbane, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

A wonderful museum to Blues and R&B artist from the Stax label, and a great and most enjoyable history lesson. The museum has been built on the site of the original Stax studio. This is a Must for any visit to Memphis.

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Didn't go to stax this time but I have been and if you like soul music its a must see......When I went they had Otis Redding's personal items on loan and I love Issac Hayes' car...

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This was actually the last place I went to before going home, and was the only place my friends decided to tag along to. I can honestly say this place was probably my favorite. With a student ID I got into Stax and the National Civil Rights Museum (more on that later) for $18. The tour starts with a 20... More 

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Fareham
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This tells the great story of Stax. The introductory film is superb as are the exhibits that follow. Lots of information to look at and to listen to.

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Rochester, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I was very impressed with the information shared and they way it was presented. I grew up listening to a lot of the artists and I was unaware of they label they were associated with. I just assumed everyone was with Motown.

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Morven
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

This museum shows you how the blues & jazz started. You learn so much just by visiting this museum. Spent about 3 hours in here.

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New York
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I am embarrassed to admit I didn't know about Stax and it's important place in American music. The museum sets a context for the music and the history of civil rights. Very moving. Especially wonderful is the work of the foundation and its educational activities.

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bournemouth uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

very interesting theres a film before the tour you actually see the real car of isoc hayes lots of good things to see

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