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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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  • I was a great fan of Stax when younger so I was looking forward to this visit. I was not disappointed. Starting with an excellent 20 minute film introduction the museum then gives you a comprehensive ...  more »
  • Was worth the time but the museum is quick. The actual film you watch takes more time than the tour of the museum. Lots of history here and great things to see. The original place was torn down so thi...  more »
  • Very informative! Customer-service friendly and price was right. The management opened on Monday especially to accommodate our group! Kudos  more »
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  • Really interesting. I never realized where so much of the music I love started. Great for any music lover or historian.
  • This was my second visit. Great museum celebrating wonderful musicians and music. Isaac Hayes car is something to see.
  • Great museum! I learned a lot of new things! Great music history!
  • This is definitely a must see if you are a music head. Great history with great music!
  • Great place; especially if you're a baby-boomer. If you just visit Sun Records and not Stax, you'll truly be a Memphis treasure. Imho