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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Memphis

#4 of 27 in Museums in Memphis
History Museum · Specialty Museum
Created by the Smithsonian Institution, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum celebrates two particular kinds of music--as well as those who encouraged the world to overcome racial and socio-economic barriers, throughout the 20th century. Pick up an audio guide and tour the seven galleries. You'll learn the stories behind the instruments, the costumes, and the stars who owned them. Throughout, you'll hear songs from the 1930s through 1970s. Make Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum part of your personalized Memphis itinerary using our Memphis travel app.
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  • This museum was on my “A” list. Just 1/2 block away from the foot of the pedestrian area of Beale Street and is not to be missed. The displays were designed by the Smithsonian and are excellent...  more »
  • We were here on a rainy spring day. Once you put your headset on, your can get lost in the music. Besides the information about so many artists of the past in memphis, the jukeboxes in every decade...  more »
  • Excellent place to go. Very well organized. Video at the beginning and tour with Walkman. On your own speed and sequence. Great history lesson and full songs to listen if you choose to. Starting with a very-well-done video, the museum did a great job of explaining the various types of music and musicians that came together to create the music this area is known for. It was fun to be able to play the "juke boxes" throughout the museum as we reviewed different eras and styles of music. All in all, very well done and worth a visit.
  • Fabulous start to our music portion of the day. Loved learning about the history surrounding the music of Memphis as well as the area having the first all black radio station and the first all female station. The interactive hand held devices let you go at your own pace and pick which sections you want to learn about. We especially enjoyed the option to listen to many music selections from different eras. My man heard the original Hound Dog for the first time ever!

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