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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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Address: 926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106-3338
Phone Number:
+1 901-942-7685
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Sun 01:00 - 05:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum...

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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Stax Museum of American Soul and History Combo Tour
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation

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No matter your music preference, Stax Museum is an interesting and entertaining step back into the history of R&B Music in Memphis and the iconic personalities that brought the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Cordova, Tennessee, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Stax right after Sun Studio and there is just no comparison, in my opinion. Sun was so upbeat and happy and just FUN-then Stax was just "eh". There were great things to see, don't get me wrong, but the level of immersion is lacking. The music needs to be louder in the exhibits, as we struggled to distinguish... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No matter your music preference, Stax Museum is an interesting and entertaining step back into the history of R&B Music in Memphis and the iconic personalities that brought the Memphis Music Legacy to life.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum for around 2 hour visit to learn the history of some the top Soul and R&B musicians from our time. Good history lesson as well as being able to listen to music and learn about how it affected the area and the country DO NOT WALK THERE...ONLY DRIVE OR GET DROPPED OFF THERE It is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a must see place it was packed full of music history of a lot of different errors staff was very friendly and the price was very affordable

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed visiting this museum, I learned a lot about the Memphis music scene and how it intertwined with Motown (My home city). This is another fine museum celebrating Memphis and is well worth the time and money.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Word of warning before I start.....do not try to walk to this place from beale Street. Great little afternoon here! Wouldn't recommend for children as it's a bit wordy and not very interactive bit if you guys want to know where it all started then drop by.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good collection of memorabilia, and well collated history. We enjoyed looking around this museum to the legendary stax records. It a faithful reconstruction of the original building on the site of the original.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a cab to Stax, do not walk. The surrounds are how you say, gritty. The museum has a good great variety of exhibits the church is wonderful and the studio. So much talent in such a small place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Stax Museum was my favourite of all the museums in the south. From the moment you drive into the carpark there is soul music playing and you feel like you have stepped back in time. The museum is laid out excellently and there is an abundance of historical artefacts as you take a journey through the history of soul,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Surprisingly large museum - very well designed - wasn't able to get to the Civil Rights museum this trip... But the Stax Museum was definitely worth the visit.

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