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“Absolutely Go to Stax”

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 157 things to do in Memphis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I am a Memphian and had never been to Stax until recently. It is a hidden gem that should be one of the top 3 things you go to here. I would allocate 1.5 to 2 hours. There is an abundant amount of info to read and watch. I would suspect children would find it that interesting, but if you love music or are age 40 or above you will remember the songs and love the videos from Soul Train that are being shown constantly of the artists.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Visited the nice state of Tennessee for the first time. Had a wonderful time and made sure I visited the STAX museum. Without a doubt one of the best museums I've ever visited. I am an Otis Redding fan. This musuem is one of a kind. I love the obvious cultural diversity that made STAX way ahead of it's time. If you visit Memphis and miss this museum, you will have done yourself a great disservice. I did get lost trying to find the museum but thanks to the very kind people of Memphis who gave me excellent directions.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Staxx Records produced most of the favorite records of my youth. Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs, Sam and Dave, and so many more. The record label is gone, but the music and the artists are celebrated in this excellent museum.

You will tap your feet and snap your fingers to the video that opens your visit. Unlike the somewhat tedious videos at other museums, this one has energy to spare. It is a great introduction to the exhibits that include musical instruments, lyric sheets, sheet music, costumes, recording equipment and more. There are opportunities to try out some instruments and other interactive aspects.

Anyone older than fifty will remember the music the first time around, and everyone else needs to hear it to appreciate the roots of much of today's music, just as jazz and the blues were the roots of the soul music celebrated here.

It is not all fun and games, however. Despite Staxx being one of the first integrated recording studios, the civil rights movement and, especially the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took a hard toll on Staxx, but that is not what killed the label. Even so, you'll come out of the museum humming or singing out loud.

"Sitting on the dock of the bay...."

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The STAX museum was one of the coolest museums I've visited. While fairly small compared to some, it was really cool to hear about the partner school that's on the same campus. Very neat!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place is great! If you love old school R&B this is a must visit place in Memphis. I took young children with me and they enjoyed it, however, I would love to go back and stay longer to soak in all the history this place has to offer.

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