Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Memphis

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#4 of 27 in Museums in Memphis
Created by the Smithsonian Institution, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum celebrates two particular kinds of music--as well as those who encouraged the world to overcome racial and socio-economic barriers, throughout the 20th century. Pick up an audio guide and tour the seven galleries. You'll learn the stories behind the instruments, the costumes, and the stars who owned them. Throughout, you'll hear songs from the 1930s through 1970s. Make Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum part of your personalized Memphis itinerary using our Memphis travel app.
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum Reviews

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  • Stopped here with my husband and teenage daughter to check it out on a stop in Memphis. Wow, I didn't know all the info that led up to rock and soul. It was so much! My husband and I had heard of...  more »
  • This museum included an audio guide with the admission which was very informative and included a range of music to listen to in-between stands which helped with the understanding. .  more »
  • We toured this museum today. It was pretty good. I enjoyed it. It has a short movie at the beginning and then it is a self guided audio tour. It is well put together and the displays are well...  more »
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  • Excellent place to go. Very well organized. Video at the beginning and tour with Walkman. On your own speed and sequence. Great history lesson and full songs to listen if you choose to. Starting with a very-well-done video, the museum did a great job of explaining the various types of music and musicians that came together to create the music this area is known for. It was fun to be able to play the "juke boxes" throughout the museum as we reviewed different eras and styles of music. All in all, very well done and worth a visit.
  • Fabulous start to our music portion of the day. Loved learning about the history surrounding the music of Memphis as well as the area having the first all black radio station and the first all female station. The interactive hand held devices let you go at your own pace and pick which sections you want to learn about. We especially enjoyed the option to listen to many music selections from different eras. My man heard the original Hound Dog for the first time ever!
  • This ticket was part of our Backstage Pass which included Sun Studios, Stax Museum and of course Graceland. The tour starts with a short video and then you put on a headset and make your way around the museum at your own pace. The audio set takes you through a musical history of Memphis starting in the 1930s and traces it's way right up to present day. The headset let's you listen to dozens of tracks from various artists. The museum has a small gift shop with reasonably priced items. The only problem we had was the ticket we bought included a round trip shuttle to Graceland but unfortunately it was in for repairs and no replacement was offered.
  • Loved this museum! It's fun and informative on historical events. It teaches you how music in the bible belt areas helped unite colored and white people.
  • Not bad. I went with my 3.5 year old son who loves music. It's pretty small and short unless you really take your time with the recordings at each display. We were out in an hour. We enjoyed it. Not sure it's a top stop in Memphis unless you're a big fan of Memphis music history

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