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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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Address: 926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106-3338
Phone Number: 901-942-7685
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum...

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.

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This was my music growing up.

I grew up in the late 60's and early 70's in South Carolina. This is the music we listened to everyday. It is amazing to know so much talent walked through these doors. Stax... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Joseph C
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Flat rock, NC
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Flat rock, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I grew up in the late 60's and early 70's in South Carolina. This is the music we listened to everyday. It is amazing to know so much talent walked through these doors. Stax records had humble beginnings but they had a major impact on the music we listened to in America. Very cool place.

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Colonia, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was fun seeing where some of the great music of the 60's was recorded. Well not actually here, but the feel was the same. I loved Booker T and the MGs growing up along with the Stax sound. The little movie to start the tour was very good, I wish there was more A/V type exhibits throughout the Museum,... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stax Museum was the birth place of soul music and created many of stars who are stilled loved today in the world of music. The studio was formed at a difficult time in the world and brought people together who worked together to make music despite how controversial it was at the time. It is an interesting museum which shows... More 

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Thank Lainy-Loo-Loo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an amazing Museum! Representing legendary artists from Mable John to Richard Pryor to Isaac Hayes and much, much more! The endless memorabilia of records, stage costumes, audio gear from the studio, Isaac Hayes 72 El Dorado Caddy, Movie theater, and gift shop were pristine. The Staff (Lisa Allen, Tim Sampson and Jeff Kollath) was SUPER cordial and their knowledge... More 

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Grayson, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Stax Museum was truly a trip down memory lane. It begins with a great film with the many artists that made Stax Records and others famous. Loved, loved seeing teenagers excited about the museum and all the contents which included artifacts, memorabilia and of course the music. Went to Stax with high expectations and wasn't disappointed. A historical center... More 

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just go. See how it was as young artists got started here in Memphis. Hard to describe all the displays,videos,costimes,etc.

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Thank duk110
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a beautiful place full of nostalgic music. I grew up wit that music and now I can put a face to the place and people. They are doing even more wonderful things with the youth of today.

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tfloyds, Public Relations Manager at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, responded to this review

Hello and thanks so much for visiting Stax. We're glad you had a good time and thanks for recognizing the things we do with young people. Very important to us! More 

Memphis TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan to spend some time here because Stax is a comprehensive review of the studio, musicians, record label and the history of this very unique blend of rhythm, blues, soul and a touch of rock n roll. Lots to look at, and read. Awesome to stand in the studio where the music was made and dream.

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tfloyds, Public Relations Manager at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, responded to this review

HI and thanks so much for the great review! Come back and see us any time! More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably the biggest museum bargain in Memphis. You could literally spend all day in here if you wanted to. Memphis...actually I think it was COGIC did a terrible thing by tearing down the original building. Memphis did a great thing by rebuilding it along with the music academy. It's a gem in the Memphis crown. Nice ten minute movie opens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the visit to Stax. They get you in the mood right away with the film they show before entering the museum. Various artists talking about soul music and there lives in the business. More than one person was singing along to every snippet that came up. Well curated to a point (more on this later) and some really interesting... More 

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tfloyds, Public Relations Manager at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, responded to this review

Hi Alton and thanks for the great review! Just want you to know that we are in the process of updating all those text panels. It's extremely expensive to get new ones so we are raising the funds to have them all updated at once, which should happen pretty soon. Glad you enjoyed your tour and we are on the... More 

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