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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  • Thoroughly enjoyed my visit at Stax studio, the history, the songs and the blending of cultures to produce music that would last a life time. I loved viewing the videos about the history and seeing th...  more »
  • there are four great music museums in Memphis and this is one of them. Stax gives you a real appreciation of the music revolution that took place right here.  more »
  • An impressive collection of memoribilia, very slickly presented, but somehow the self guided aspect had me thinking, “I could’ve just googled most of this.”  more »
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  • Self guided tour with a 15 minute video opener to set the tone for the walk through. They have a lot more stuff to read and see than the Sun Studio tour, so it's a lot different. We did them both the same day (with a stop off for BBQ and High Cotton Brewery beer in between) and weren't bored at all. If you want time to actually enjoy it, definitely go here, and do so 1hr+ before close so you're not rushed.
  • Our visit was late morning, early afternoon on a Sunday. There were very few people here. It was an interesting, self-guided tour regarding not just Stax artists but Soul Music from a broader perspective. I think it highlighted interesting differences between the Memphis and the Motown worlds. Of course, there are many references to the intermingling of music and societal changes. There aren’t that many artifacts, but there are plenty of videos and pictures.
  • So much music history. Great gift shop. You can walk through years and years of music history. So many musicians made their mark here. And this place, has left its mark on the world. Imagine a world without Elvis, I wonder if you can. So educational.
  • I visited the Stax Museum really not having any idea what to expect and I had a really good time! They go into the history of American soul music, musicians who made a mark, all the way through the 60's, 70's, and today. It was a really fun museum! If your foot doesn't start tapping or your fingers snapping- you better check your pulse! Free parking (lock yo car, though) .. LOL!!
  • Great exhibit. Tour guides extremely knowledgeable and fun. Our students learned a lot. It's a great learning environment outside of the 4 walls of school. I recommend this as an annual field trip.
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