Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
4.5
Speciality Museums • Educational sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 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. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have special safety precautions in place, such as mandatory mask-wearing for all employees and guests, social distancing, no large groups, and, for now, cashless transactions only.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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S. C
97 contributions
A way to learn about the development of different genres
Aug 2021
This self guided tour was amazing. There is a lot of information to learn here. This museum provides information about other genres that were influenced by soul. It also highlights influential people in the genre of soul. Some exhibits are interactive, but there is a lot of reading.
Written October 26, 2021
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marctrif
2 contributions
Stax was more than expected
Oct 2021 • Friends
I really did not know what we would see and learn. What it turned into such a musical journey of history and the music of so many artists. There is not anything that exists today that will match the creativity and artist collaboration that happened at STAX. Worth the trip and plan on at least 2+ hours and the Issac Hayes Cadillac is amazing!
Written October 21, 2021
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MaryLou T
White Bear Lake, MN43 contributions
Part of Memphis culture
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great little museum about the history of artists who started working with the Stax family. Good complement to the Sun Studios tour and the Civil Rights museum tour. We learned that Memphis is defined by music and strife. Awesome selection of cds available for sale.
Written October 11, 2021
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GloriousT
Toledo, OH57 contributions
A Memphis must see!
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had a fabulous experience. I have visited twice and both tour guides were awesome, informed, excited and passionate. This was my husband’s first visit and as a musician, he loved it. Lydia was excellent and had some great stories about the people; it really made the tour come to life.
Written October 5, 2021
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cornwall15
Durham, NC153 contributions
If you care at all about music this is must see!
Jul 2021
We followed other reviews and chose to visit this site. That was a great highlight of our trip through multiple states!! The museum has a great presentation that explains soul music in a way that I could not, plus chronicles how it fit in the 60s turmoil. I particularly enjoyed being able to see much of the equipment from that time preserved, including the organ used for the hit "Green Onions".
Written September 20, 2021
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kartys3
Silver Spring, MD8 contributions
Getting it all together, yes they did!
Sep 2021
This is a great museum! I'm 68 and I didn't have any trouble reading the info so I'm not sure what the others are talking about. Also because of my age these are the artists I grew up loving! Displays are well organized and it flows easily. I recommend watching Summer of Soul (currently on Hulu) before or after your visit. All the staff here were super nice and welcoming. This is my second visit here and I would come again because they add to and change the displays. I've been to Sun studios twice too and if I could only go to one it would be Stax!!
Written September 7, 2021
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NoStoppinUs
Washington DC, DC125 contributions
Simply Outstanding
Aug 2021
You will learn so much here. It was our first stop and that really helped put everything in historical context. Also, the front desk staff and security here are excellent.
Written August 28, 2021
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Nancy A
54 contributions
Fine, But ...
Aug 2021
I want to echo what some others are saying. It's a very nice museum, but there is an awful lot of reading to do. It wasn't always easy to do, too may people or glare on glass or the writing wasn't big enough.
Written August 27, 2021
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Susan C
Clermont, FL287 contributions
Very nicely done
Aug 2021 • Couples
This was an excellent tour. I gave it a 4-star because it was self guided. I know that I would have of benefited from a tour guides knowledge. There was lots of information to read, but sometimes it was hard to see.
Written August 10, 2021
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Ed P
columbus, ohio42 contributions
Do not miss this
Aug 2021
Very friendly staff greeted us and had my name down as I had pre-purchased our tickets. Terrific and important short film about Soul Music and its contributions to life as we know it. A lot of wonderful history is on display. The reproduction of the original studio right down to the sloping floor was a high point for me. A shame it's not being used as a working studio now though. Anyplace that has Isaac Hayes' Eldorado on a spinning turntable is a must see.
Written August 8, 2021
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  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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