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“Felt lacking in soul”

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 159 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 December 10, 2010

I had a friend come visit from out of town and we hit several of the Memphis attractions. We decided to check out this museum nearly immediately after visiting Sun Studio. There is no comparison. Sun Studio has a fabulous guided tour which takes you chronologically through the amazing history of the establishment. It is quite a small place, but all very well preserved and intact and you get the feeling you're standing next to the recording artists as they are performing their first recordings. Everything at Sun feels so genuine and puts the location you are at into a very apparent historical context.
Stax, on the other hand, felt like a renovated new space with little historical significance to the museum space itself. The tour began with a video that felt a bit PBS documentary-like about soul music. Then the tour of the museum artifacts was self guided and not particularly gripping. I did not feel that the museum put soul music into a good historical context and chronologically it was very hard to follow. Basically, it lacked a compelling story.

5  Thank dgravano
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Reviewed November 4, 2010

Little off the beaten path but worth the trip. We had fun as we listened to music from the 60's and 70's.

They also have a school for up and coming musicians that needs to be supported.

This was our first trip to Memphis and really enjoyed talking to the staff at Stax

4  Thank cubanoca
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Reviewed October 30, 2010

Towards 5: the story, the detail, the background to who played the music, the music.
Towards 0: nothing

2  Thank mewsdweller
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

Don't bother if you don't care about soul music. But if you are as big a fan of Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Jean Knight, and Otis Redding as I am, you NEED to go. You will be blown away. If you DJ, regardless of what genre, go see what it was like in the '60's. Brings a whole new meaning to the term old school.

Some of the money from the museum goes to support the Stax Music Academy, located next door, itself a very cool endeavor.

3  Thank A W
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

I grew up listening to the music of many of the Stax artists so this musuem was a must see. The costumes of Tina Turner and Isaac Hayes' custom automobile were awesome. There was an entire gallery devoted to Otis Redding. It was very moving. The gift shop had every CD and DVD of these artists that you could think of. I would visit again.

2  Thank JYS109
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