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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106-3338
+1 901-261-6338
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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.
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926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106-3338
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Reviewed May 6, 2016

We visited this museum and got a great appreciation for the history of soul music and how memphis nurtured some great musicians. The tour will take about 1.5 hours and would be great for families or individuals.

Thank vanha10
Reviewed May 4, 2016

If you are a fan of Otis, Wilson, Isaac, Rufus, Albert or any of the Staples, make sure Staxx is on your list! Save a couple hours and bring your dancing shoes. A gorgeous museum with some really cool memorabilia. The story of Staxx is...More

1  Thank Glamazon1123
Reviewed May 4, 2016

Though Stax was not around very long they made a huge impact in music. The museum is well done and I learned a lot. Get ready to dance!

1  Thank Rachel L
Reviewed May 2, 2016

If you want to learn about the incredible musical history of Memphis, this is the place. And you have to see the Isaac Hayes Gold Caddie!!

Thank monkeyjah
Reviewed May 1, 2016

Stax is such an important part of Memphis Music History that it is absolutely impossible to NOT visit this place. If you have been to Graceland and Sun Studio do not forget to come here if you want to learn the whole story of Memphis´...More

Thank FTD-Elvis-Fan-Club
Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

The Stax Museum commemorates the innovative recording studio that was the genesis of soul music. This became a whole genre in and of itself, largely because of the stars that worked and recorded there. It was converted from an old theater and had a larger...More

Thank Fred_Johnstone
Reviewed April 29, 2016

All your great soul music legends recorded here. Issac Hayes, Otis Reading, Ike and Tina, Sam and Dave, the Staple Singer just to name a few. It was actually bigger that Motown at one time. It is a great museum and the film at the...More

Thank scud512015
Reviewed April 28, 2016

There are a lot of music-related sites in Memphis and this is probably one of the best. Well worth a visit. That being said it is in a rough part of town so do not thinking about walking there.

2  Thank Adam H
Reviewed April 27, 2016

A lot of great history here.Great opportunity to sit where the greats sat and created some of the best music of our time. CD recordings of random jam sessions with J.Cash, Elvis, J.Lee Lewis and more. Not easy access from Beale St. You need to...More

Thank Rudimiester
Reviewed April 27, 2016

There's a lot of music places you can visit in Memphis, obviously, but Stax is the pick of the bunch for my money. The opening film sets the scene perfectly and the whole museum is perfectly laid out, paced and informative even if you aren't...More

Thank TBUK777
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Tawanda B
January 16, 2018|
Response from StudioCityMark | Reviewed this property |
We were there about 2 hours and saw everything we wanted to see.
July 14, 2017|
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Response from Judithelen | Reviewed this property |
I do not know....proably not probablyonly service dogs,,,contact the museum
jim k
February 3, 2017|
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Response from tfloyds | Property representative |
Hi, Jim. We recommend at last an hour and a half, but if you're a fan of the music and history you might want to stay longer. There's a lot to read and a lot of video. Hope this helps! Thanks, Tim