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. 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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  • A MUST to experience!!!Authentic, detailed experience explaining the Roots of Soul music and how Soul became the sound of America. Unique Artifacts, Music, Interviews, Dance Stage, Recoding Area... 
    A MUST to experience!!!Authentic, detailed experience explaining the Roots of Soul music and how Soul became the sound of America. Unique Artifacts, Music, Interviews, Dance Stage, Recoding Area...  more »
  • Informative and super fun museum with great memorabilia. Plus I learned so much about the artists and the history of Memphis - Soulville. Bravo!!! Highly Recommend. 
    Informative and super fun museum with great memorabilia. Plus I learned so much about the artists and the history of Memphis - Soulville. Bravo!!! Highly Recommend.  more »
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  • The birth place of R&B, Soul, funk and actually you see how Gospel influences music, it is a melting pot of so much AMERICAN MUSIC! Often thought of as "black music" this is sooooo much more than that. It is history- and you see how the tapestry of music is woven from many kinds of threads. Went to Stax Records before Sun Studio and I honestly believe this is the BEST way to enjoy Memphis. This remarkable part of history, even besides music, is emotional and moving. Whatever music you listen too even today's top music (accept maybe classical) you will see how they are rooted out of Memphis, even the Beatles got their foundation from the music coming out of Memphis. Get yourself to Memphis and enjoy this gold standard of all things music. Worth every penny spent on this tour.
  • This was an extremely emotional tour. Every turn in this place is steeped in history. Through your imagination, you may hear the music and see the greats producing hits as you sit behind the mixing board gazing into the studio. A fitting homage to all of the musicians as well as the Stax studio. Not to be missed!!

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