Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis

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Located at the original site of legendary recording company Stax Records, Stax Museum of American Soul Music explores the story of one of America's most influential music genres. It's packed with more than 2,000 videos, films, photographs, original instruments, and costumes, as well as plenty of interactive activities. Through these exhibits, you can learn about not only Stax Records' artists, such as Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, and Albert King, but soul stars from other labels. A historical highlight is the authentic Mississippi Delta church, which is more than a century old and demonstrates the importance of soul music's gospel roots. While you're here, you can show off your moves on the museum's dance floor. Arrange to visit Stax Museum of American Soul Music and other attractions in Memphis using our Memphis trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • There are some pretty cool things here, but the biggest part of it is the gift shop. It's self guided, and you mostly just read the captions under the pictures. No interaction.  more »
  • I visited this museum with friends when I was in Memphis for the Holidays. We really enjoyed all of the history as we went back down memory lane  more »
  • In the land of good music museums, this one is by far my favorite. If you like Soul, R&B, etc., don't miss it!  more »
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  • I was absolutely blown away! I will be returning again and again. Low ticket entry cost concidering the super high value you receive for your money. Multiple options for discounts. Excellent, well stocked gift shop. Shelby County residence get in free on Tuesdays and there's live music from visiting artists and/or the students from the Stax Academy in the late afternoon/evening. If you truly invest the time to listen to all the recordings and read all the facts posted throughout the museum you will be impressed with what remarkable achievements this company made to the arts. It will take you several hours to do this. (Pack a lunch). You will exit remembering at least 1 fact and you will be smiling ear to ear!
  • WOW, just WOW! Prior to coming to Stax, I really didnt know that much about American Soul music. This museum is incredible informative! If you are interested, you could easily spend hours reading all about the different groups and history of the time- but if you just want to walk through and check out the cool outfits and listen to some great music, that works too. Do not pass up a chance to visit Stax!
  • This museum is amazing! The video at the beginning of the tour is entertaining and informative! There are so many cool exhibits and you feel like you are back in time.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed learning details about this period of musical history. Beautiful displays and the walls of 45 rpm records is awesome! The music brought back memories of younger days. Staff are gracious and welcoming. Admission is very reasonable.
  • I enjoyed my visit and learned a lot. I appreciated the history lesson.

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