Museums, Attractions near FedExForum: Think of the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum as the broad overview of Memphis music. With exhibits about gospel, the blues, Elvis, the rise of soul, and crunk - all decidedly made-or-born-in-Memphis genres, the museum offers the big picture of Memphis' role in American musical history. With exhibitions created through a partnership of the Smithsonian and the National Museum of American History, the museum is actually on the old Highway 61 - known as the Blues Highway - and tucked just behind Beale Street in the FedEx Forum. According to the Rock 'n' Soul web site, historians working on the exhibit..."continually returned to the Delta and Memphis, Tennessee for what is finally declared as the 'roots of America's music'" .... and their findings make up the exhibits. Those looking for in-depth stories about Memphis music will want to continue their education at Sun Studio, Graceland, and Stax.
Local Expert Sally Walker Davies Says:
Best for Museums Because: It started as a traveling exhibition about the roots of American music, and found a permanent home at the foot of Beale Street.
Best for Attractions near FedExForum Because: The Rock 'n' Soul Museum is literally part of the Forum - so it's the easiest way to get educated on Memphis music history.