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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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Sun 1:00 am - 5:00 am
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 am
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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Just visited again in May 2016,still an awesome place,lot of positive changes since 2013.No matter what you know there is still much to learn at Stax Museum. History really come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Ella C
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Athens, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just visited again in May 2016,still an awesome place,lot of positive changes since 2013.No matter what you know there is still much to learn at Stax Museum. History really come alive here. There is something for everyone.The school next door is top notch for aspiring musical talent. The museum alone is worth a visit to Memphis.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you love music and history than this is your place to visit. So many talented people come from this studio alone.

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Thank Teegra2015
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Average location as I did not feel safe at all but the museum was great. Music was amazing. Watching the video at the start was good to help you understand the situation of the time period. Once in the museum it just went on and on which I wasn't expecting. It was good to have current or recent things to... More 

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La Canada, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place! Came here on the recommendation of a local. You'd never know that so many songs by acts you didn't know you knew came out of this place. And the story of the company is as interesting as the history of the evolution of the music. Lots of displays of all types of media - records, tv... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a self-paced tour with a movie in the beginning. I didn't realize how many artists were a part of STAX.

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Hillside
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum brings back memories of the R&B days. We saw Stax Students perform, they were great. It ws well worth the admission fee.

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

Thanks so much, Von54!! We do love our Stax Music Academy students! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting film and tour. The exhibits were interesting and the gift shop was very reasonable as was the admission fee. Did enjoy seeing the studio and the old recording equipment.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Soul music is at the top of our bag , so this is like a temple to us. Hubby's eyes nearly popped out when we went around one of the corners in the museum and there in front of us , revolving on a giant turntable was Issac Hayes' gold plated Cadillac ...... unbelievable !!! There are so many great... More 

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

Hi Russianblue22! Thanks so much for the nice review! That Cadillac is something else, isn't it!! So glad you and your hubby enjoyed the museum and come see us again any time! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stax was the main recording spot for so many great Soul artist and it keeps the memory,alive in the museum. Very well done and reasonably priced. At the end of the museum tour is a great gift shop. I now have a Stax license plate on the front of my car

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Music and history surround you at the birthplace of soul. Easy to spend a good 2-3 hours absorbing the memories. Great visit.

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