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
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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
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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.
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DayTrip232323
320533 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This museum is amazing! I had to leave a review of it just because I went to this museum and Graceland on the same day and felt sooooooo ripped off at graceland and I really think the content is lacking though I do acknowledge I do have a little more prior interest in the content at STAX but my soul music knowledge is lacking though I like the genre. Graceland was the worst museum I went to in all of TN (I went to Stax, graceland, sun studios, civil rights museum, country music museum and hall of fame, johhny cash museum, patsy cline museum, willie nelson and friends museum, ripleys believe or not aquarium, marathon village knoxville museum if art, salt and pepper shaker museum, pinball museum, and the eastern tennessee history museum). STAX was the best museum I went to in Memphis (those being STAX, Graceland, sun studios and Civil rights museum) and possibly my whole entire trip! I like soul music, but I’m a younger white adult so I don’t have a ton of exposure to it and I have to say I learned so much and took so many pictures just so I could have artists names to look up later as I am always listening to music. I am also a casual musician and my significant other is a slightly less than casual musician and it revived us and inspired us as we have been somewhat jaded/finding ways to be too “busy” or “uninterested” in music.
As for the quality of the content. Lots to read and look at. Very well laid out in a kind of a timeline fashion from origins in church/gospel and country/hillbilly music all the way up to the flashy 70s we all know. The history displays and memorabilia displays were very good. The film at the beginning I think was pretty good, I know it was probably the best out of all the museums I went to with a film like that. I honestly can’t say exactly what I thought about it because I was so taken aback by the rest of the content I kind of forgot about the film.
The workers were so nice and inviting. Also, the merchandise was awesome! I think I spent like literally 200 bucks there. I definitely don’t go shy in gift stores if I like the stuff in there, but about 50 percent of the time I stick to just the magnet. A lot of merch at these museums is kinda cheesy, but stax had a decent array.
I rushed myself at the end because we were going to stupid, expensive graceland. Thankfully it was really just the singles and album cover section. I usually don’t really look at the singles, record section at these music museums so I completely skipped poring over those and I just took pics of the albums covers I really liked to look at later and skimmed the rest. Even with rushing through at the very end the museum was 2.5 hours of content for me. Could probably have spent another hour with watching some of the video content a little more and looking at the album covers a little more closely.
Written May 6, 2022
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Badger Traveler
Madison, WI191 contributions
Nov 2021 • Business
The Stax Museum is not very big but it’s full of items and information from those who recorded music there. Seeing the original recording studio (still in use today by those who want to record a song there) was at the end. The guide answered all my questions and she gave us all the time we needed to see everything. You also learn more about the Stax founders and the enterprising woman who was a large part of its success. To make this visit more meaningful, I would visit Rock ‘n Soul first. Stax is also unique because of the neighborhood where it’s located. It’s not a relocated or new building so it sits where it always was. There’s ample free parking in the back and because we were early we got to see the kids in the adjacent Charter school (Soulsville Foundation) change classes.
Written November 8, 2021
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Cubsfan1945
Mount Pleasant, SC226 contributions
May 2021
The staff takes pride in what they do and the museum is an interesting place with lots of information about soul music and the people who made it happen. Tour is self-guided and takes about 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Parking was not a problem. We enjoyed it.
Written May 11, 2021
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u2fan56
Nashville, TN738 contributions
Nov 2021
I went to Stax Museum of American Soul Music recently while spending couple of days in Memphis. I played tourist while my wife was at conference. I bought tickets ahead of time online and had to select 30 minute slot. I went on a Wednesday in morning so not very busy. You start with about 10 minute movie reviewing history of Stax. Then you go through different types of music, artists and end with going into actual studio. There is lot of history and the museum does excellent job highlighting the artists and impact of Stax on music. You also get to see Isaac Hayes Cadillac and office recreation. I recommend if in area.
Written November 14, 2021
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S. C
106 contributions
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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820_PaulaL
Saint Paul, Minnesota, Usa21 contributions
Feb 2022
Don't miss this engaging, entertaining peek into mid-century music history at this small but mighty Memphis museum. I'd like to see the intro video again and again, to pick up things I'm sure I missed the first time around. Pleasant staff, smart and educational layout of the memorabilia, and easy parking behind the venue. I learned a lot, and grooved some too. Time well spent.
Written February 27, 2022
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Berkshire Mems
Salt Point, NY2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
This is a fascinating and fun experience. So much to read, listen to, absorb, and learn about. And learn from. For someone my age, it’s a trip down memory lane — I’ve wanted to visit the museum since it was founded. It’s taken me almost 20 years but was well worth the wait. For younger folks it’s important cultural and musical history. Highly recommended.
Written February 26, 2022
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Ed P
columbus, ohio42 contributions
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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GloriousT
Toledo, OH57 contributions
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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Tom B
5 contributions
Oct 2020
The purveyors of this historic facility have preserved and enhanced it perfectly. Very honest presentation of the ups and downs of the company, the city, and the music business at the time. Whoever wrote the info cards was knowledgeable and fair.
Written November 1, 2020
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