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“The other half of 60s music”

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
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$94.00*
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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$101.50*
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Ranked #5 of 155 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 January 28, 2014 via mobile

I grew up listening to AM pop radio in the 60's. During that era the music was the British Invasion, American imitation and soul. The radio stations gave a lot of publicity and backgrounds on the British and American groups and played soul, but without much explanation. This museum, built on the site of the original Stax studio gives the background that we did not get. As a museum it is different from what you encounter at Sun Studios, which remains a working studio. Here you will find out about the founders of the label and the musicians and performers. It is worth a trip when you're in Memphis.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Not a guided tour but peruse at your own leisure. Very interesting exhibits & informative . Worth the money & glad we went we would recommend this as a good place to visit.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Great museum for soul music history but a bit on the small size. Good intro and exhibits good - centrepiece Isaac Hayes gold car!

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

What not to like ??/ ... a very well laid out Museum with as much history and iconic memorabilia as you could wish for. Good film to get you up and running ... and then its one iconic sound or picture . exhibit after another - a wonderful couple of hours .

Its a must visit !!

Thank Strummer07
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

That is if you are into soul blues music history! I learned a little bit more about Ike Turner and how he got started before he there was an Ike and Tina. I have never heard of Rufus Thomas before but there was a music stop along the way that provided headphones. So I pulled him up to listen to ‘Walk the dog’ and I don’t know why but this song was hilarious to me. There is so much history in this place from the church to the original lobby furniture, the library, recording studio, Isaac Hayes car and right past that is a two player trivia game. There were original stage clothing and shoes, records, contracts I mean just tons of history and before you knew it two hours had gone by in this place. I would most definitely go back to see this again because it is hard to view everything when there are tons of people in your way.

Thank Tarra A
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