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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. Plan to visit Stax Museum of American Soul Music and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Memphis attractions using our Memphis travel itinerary planner.
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  • This museum was opened in 2003 on the original site of Stax Records. This is a fun and interesting companion to a Sun Records visit or by itself. Lots of exhibits of the Stax Volt artists, interactive...  more »
  • A guide would help ala Sunset Studios but there it is all self directed and I think a guide would help bring some of the stars (and they had a lot) to life.  more »
  • This is for people who wish to see the history of Soul and Stax music along with their artists. Great exhibits including a bit of history of R&B and Soul. The young kids will likely not be interested....  more »
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  • Loved the museum and plan on coming back! Museum is well organized with lots of good information and interesting displays. Also they have a nice selection of CD's and other items in the gift shop. Staff was friendly and helpful. Definitely worth the time and admission price.
  • Best museum of music I've ever been to. A fantastic collection of artifacts, stories, and displays. A must see if you're in Memphis.
  • Historic record label Stax is a must see in Memphis ! It's very big and well organized, with tons of memorabilia to see. There's even Isaac Hayes's blue Cadillac !
  • This was one of the best museums i've been to in quite some time. This gives you a decent overview of Soul music, and the history behind it. Tons of memorabilia, displays, and just cool stuff. Without question one of the best trips i've ever made.
  • Okay museum. Nice staff. Fun photo at the end.