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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  • A bit off the beaten tourist path of Memphis, but worth the trip to see and hear another of the many Memphis musical legendary enterprises that shaped music internationally for decades.  more »
  • The collections and information that this museum offers is nearly beyond comprehension for one visit. Very well curated and displayed.  more »
  • Spent over n hour here on self guided tour. Learned about the Stax history, got to listen to great music and see some cool artifacts. Highly recommend!  more »
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  • Needs to be renamed to the Real American Rock & Roll, Soul, Blues, Gospel Museum. Really interesting. I never realized where so much of the music I love started. Great for any music lover or historian. I will go back again. Love TN!
  • Amazing! I think most would spend less than hour here, bit I spent 4 hours. I could have spent more. It's more than a museum for Stax, it's basically a museum of soul music, recordings, radio, community and so much more. Just when you think you have seen it all, you turn the corner and there is more. There is even a dance floor! So much fun.
  • My brother and I were in town and I had to get there. We enjoyed the beautiful decor and atmosphere. When coming in there's a lot to see in the lobby. Once you pay, you watch a short video and then you get to explore the museum. We loved how they started with the history of music rooted in poverty, religion and sheer creativity. So many brilliant people with like minded ideas, all to get their messages out
  • Visited here as we had bought The Backstage Pass which also included Sun Studios, Rock 'N' Soul Museum and Graceland. Also included is free round trip transportation to Elvis's home. Unfortunately the bus was in for repair and for the trip to Graceland we had to use taxis paid for out of our own pocket. The price of the pass is $84. Although soul music isn't our thing our party of four enjoyed our time here. It starts with a video and then you are allowed to see everything at your own pace. It all finishes in the obligatory gift shop were there were some unique items. Staff here were super friendly and even phoned for our onward transportation.
  • This was a lovely place with good production values and loads of information for a small-town museum. There was a surprisingly-vast collection of relics and display items, and the museum itself is MUCH larger than it looks from the outside. We were very happy that we decided to go here and very happy to support local Memphis education. :)

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