Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Ave. Memphis, TN 38106
1-800-987-9852  
Detail Most guests spend 4-5 hours at the museum.
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The story of Stax Records is one about soul, talent, and perseverance. This company changed the culture of music forever. Its success has many factors; somehow a small record store inside of an old movie theatre in Memphis grew to become one of the most prominent recording studios in the entire world. Located at the corner of College Street and McLemore Avenue, this museum will make you feel as though you've taken a step back in time. 

Visit this museum to learn the complex history of Stax Records and what the company has been through. Throughout its years, it launched the carers of people who were completely unknown and were turned into legends. Smash hits came from artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and so many others. Their voices are still vital in the world of music to this very day. Other legends such as Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley, and Bill Cosby have also recorded at the company. 
 
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music stands at the original site of Stax Records. It pays homage to the artists who recorded their music within those walls. The museum has an amazing collection of over 2,000 interactive exhibits, artifacts, records, and galleries designed to keep the Stax name in the world forever. Since it is one of the only museums in the world that honors soul music, other American soul artists are also showcased.
 

About the Exhibits


Humble Beginnings

Soul music got its start with 'Humble Beginnings'. Most soul music was derived from faith-based services, so of course, you should begin your Stax Museum experience where soul music began - inside an old-fashioned country church. This church is actually from the 1900s and was taken apart from the Mississippi Delta and re-assembled inside the museum. You can see actual artifacts and touch the pews of one of the Southern churches where soul music originated. It is a great start to your soul music journey! 


Express Yourself! 

Whether you swing dance or bob your head, the Express Yourself dance floor allows you to get out some energy and experience the music of the soul and blues genres through dance. The dance floor is open to everyone, allowing guests of all ages and dancing abilities to have fun! Plus, while you get down and boogie, unique videos will play episodes of Soul Train. 
 

Hallowed Ground

This exhibit is dedicated to the recording equipment that made some of soul music's greatest hits. Here, guests will be able to see the period's recording equipment all inside an exact replica of Stax's famous Studio A. Studio A even features the sloped floors that gave Stax record music its genuine and signature sound. 
 

Wall of Sound

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is, of course, all about the music! So be sure to visit the Wall of Sound. This unique exhibit displays all of the records from your favorite Stax artists. The records displayed here contain all of the albums, singles, and hits produced by Stax Records from 1957 until 1975. The album art is original and guests can even hear their favorite songs at the listening station. 


SuperFly

Motorheads will delight at the Super Fly exhibit! This display features the dazzling custom Cadillac Eldorado owned by Isaac Hayes himself. The car features a tv, mini-bar, and 24-carat gold trim. 
 
Do not miss out on taking a unique journey through music history at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. This museum is sure to be a wonderful time for the entire family and music-lovers of all ages! 
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"So much history."
So much history. So many artist passed through the door it is amusing.
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"Quite the learning experience!"
Awesome! Quite the learning experience!
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