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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
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Ranked #8 of 161 things to do in Memphis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 31, 2012

Memphis advertises itself as “Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” so it’s easy to forget the city’s important contribution to Soul Music. Housed in a rebuilding of the Stax recording studio at its original location this brilliant museum redresses the balance.

All the well known Stax artistes are fully covered (Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, etc, etc) although some of our more knowledgeable group did spot one or two lesser known ones missed out. Highlight for me was seeing the Hammond Organ used in Booker T. & the MGs’ “Green Onions” recording!

I have been twice now but on both occasions our tour guides have only given us about half an hour (not the museum’s fault I hasten to add!) to look around. The first time we had the introduction video and ended up rushing the main exhibits. Second time the video was skipped and managed to appreciate the exhibits a lot more. Ideally you really need to give the museum around an hour and a half to really take everything in – hopefully I’ll get the chance on my next visit!

Thank KeithNN
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

The Stax music company produced some fantastic songs and outstanding groups. This was a "bare-bone" company, but they made their mark in the record industry.

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

This is a modern building on the site of the former Stax Studios but, even so, there's a rich heritage in the air. You will see Isaac Hayes' car, Booker T's Hammond organ, beautiful memorabilia and a plethora of vinyl. But more importantly, you'll be right in the heart of real soul music. Highly interesting - two hours well spent. (They even gave me a discount for UK AA membership, as part of the AAA family).

Thank RaveDJ
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Definitely visit this museum. The orientation film, alone, is worth the price of admission. I really admire how well the museum tells the story of soul music. There's an excellent selection of artifacts, and they have a great variety of presentations. Visitors can listen to samples of recordings, try mixing studio work on their own, and even dance on "Soul Train." It's a museum that would appeal to people of all ages. They also have a strong vision about serving the community. The bigger story is the way that this institution is working to help revitalize a neighborhood that needs some positive and soul-ful contributions.

Thank Hansen G
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Soul music is crucial for understanding the Sixties. More importantly, it's what really made dancing worthwhile. This is a very nice presentation of a lot of music history. I would have liked to see more of/about Dan Penn; maybe I missed it. No complaints!! Excellent giftshop/record store.

Thank Bob T
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