Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis

4.7
#3 of 27 in Museums in Memphis
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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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  • Self-guided tour, but standing in the same room where Otis Redding recorded "Try A Little Tenderness" was an almost emotional moment for me.  more »
  • The purveyors of this historic facility have preserved and enhanced it perfectly. Very honest presentation of the ups and downs of the company, the city, and the music business at the time...  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.

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