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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106-3338
+1 901-261-6338
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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering interactive exhibits, videos, vintage musical instruments used to create the Stax sound, stage costumes, photographs, records, and approximately 3,000 other items of memorabilia that tell the unique story, from beginning to present, of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records and the Memphis Sound.Artists highlighted include Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and hundreds of others.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106-3338
+1 901-261-6338
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This visit was almost a pilgrimage - the music that was made in this old cinema is part of the musical soundtrack to my life. The displays are first rate , you do not have enough time to take it all in . Watch the...More

Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here, under one roof is a tribute to the funkiest artists who ever plied their craft. Learn of the history upon which today's soulful sounds are built, and the artists who created it all.

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in the 40+ club such as myself this museum is for you. To see the old records back in the day. The old artist like Ike & Tina, Issac Hayes etc...

Thank Angel P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You might not think you have a clue about Stax recordings....but believe me, you do! The music Stax recorded is part of our culture: Otis Redding, Mavis Staple, Rufus Smith, Isaac Hayes...they are all "here", with a self guided tour, tons of memorabilia, a short...More

Thank Kim C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have always loved a kind of music that I grew up thinking of as Motown, but after some research I learned that what I really enjoyed was soul. We spent several hours here and were unable to see everything in detail. Very interesting! I...More

Thank NewEnglandEmigrant
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fantastic journey here on soul music. If you love any music you must see this museum. Displays incl. movie at the start were all great, such a wealth of information and music!

Thank pamelag125
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The video at the beginning of the self guided tour was awesome. The exhibits were well put together and we enjoyed the listening stations and interactive trivia game. If you are a music fan be sure to include this museum in your Memphis plans

Thank Shannon D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was mesmerized. Spent a lot more time than I expected, every moment an inspiration. What a great label Stax was, and this museum really gets you there. I found out that Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd wrote "Midnight Hour" in Wilson Pickett's room at...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing! So much great music came out of Staxx that I was unaware of. Lots of history. Loved it! If you only have time for 1 museum this is it!

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is a gem of a museum, highlighting the soul artists who recorded at Stax records in the 1960s and '70s. The place even includes a tiny old church reassembled as part of a display about Southern gospel as the root of soul music, and...More

Thank Tess K
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14 July 2017|
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Response from mrba2015 | Reviewed this property |
Not totally sure but I saw a notice about service dogs so I would guess probably not. Hope this helps.
jim k
3 February 2017|
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Response from tfloyds | Property representative |
Hi, Jim. We recommend at last an hour and a half, but if you're a fan of the music and history you might want to stay longer. There's a lot to read and a lot of video. Hope this helps! Thanks, Tim
31 January 2017|
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Response from tfloyds | Property representative |
Hi, bgk! No charge for parking. We have a very large fenced in, secure parking lot behind the museum. Come see us!