Stax Museum of American Soul Music


926 E McLemore Ave
Memphis, TN 38106

Phone: 901-946-2535
Phone: 888-942-7685

Map / Directions Map / Directions

Hours:
Apr - Oct  Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm Nov - Mar  Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

Type:
Art & Culture, Attractions, History Museums, Museums


10BEST Says

Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing, Museums: The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax is still one of the richest experiences in the city for music lovers. Home to what became known as the Memphis Sound, Stax is where Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, the Staple Singers and many others recorded hundreds of Top 100 hits in the 1960s and early '70s. Known as Soulsville USA, the excellent museum traces the history of soul music from its roots in the blues and gospel, and offers a fantastic history of American pop culture form the 70's -- including Isaac Hayes' tripped-out Cadillac and a hall of gold records which astounds with its depth of talent and hits. Keep an eye out for multiple Grammy winner Kirk Whalum; the soulful sax man, a Memphis native, is now the director of the Stax Foundation and frequently on premises.

Local History, History Museums: The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax is still one of the richest experiences in the city for music lovers. Home to what became known as the Memphis Sound, Stax is where Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, the Staple Singers and many others recorded hundreds of Top 100 hits in the 1960s and early '70s. Known as Soulsville USA, the excellent museum traces the history of soul music from its roots in the blues and gospel, and offers a fantastic history of American pop culture form the 70's � including Isaac Hayes' tripped-out Cadillac and a hall of gold records which astounds with its depth of talent and hits. Keep an eye out for multiple Grammy winner Kirk Whalum; the soulful sax man, a Memphis native, is now the director of the Stax Foundation and frequently on premises.


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Local Expert Says:

Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing, Local History, Museums: "One of our favorite things to do is at the display of Hayes' fancy Cadillac - lean over the rail a bit to hear the late, great soul man admonish 'Don't touch my ride!'"

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: To us, Stax is the perfect reflection of Memphis - soul, grit, and determination, plus a collaborative spirit that unified the races.

Best for Sightseeing Because: Stax is simply our favorite attraction for first-time visitors - it capture the true essence of Memphis.

Best for Local History Because: Stax was the record label that gave rise to the sound of soul - a uniquely American form of music.

Best for Museums Because: Stax is simply our favorite attraction in the city - an authentic, culture-rich, Memphis experience.

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing, Museums: The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax is still one of the richest experiences in the city for music lovers. Home to what became known as the Memphis Sound, Stax is where Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, the Staple Singers and many others recorded hundreds of Top 100 hits in the 1960s and early '70s. Known as Soulsville USA, the excellent museum traces the history of soul music from its roots in the blues and gospel, and offers a fantastic history of American pop culture form the 70's -- including Isaac Hayes' tripped-out Cadillac and a hall of gold records which astounds with its depth of talent and hits. Keep an eye out for multiple Grammy winner Kirk Whalum; the soulful sax man, a Memphis native, is now the director of the Stax Foundation and frequently on premises.

Local History, History Museums: The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax is still one of the richest experiences in the city for music lovers. Home to what became known as the Memphis Sound, Stax is where Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, the Staple Singers and many others recorded hundreds of Top 100 hits in the 1960s and early '70s. Known as Soulsville USA, the excellent museum traces the history of soul music from its roots in the blues and gospel, and offers a fantastic history of American pop culture form the 70's � including Isaac Hayes' tripped-out Cadillac and a hall of gold records which astounds with its depth of talent and hits. Keep an eye out for multiple Grammy winner Kirk Whalum; the soulful sax man, a Memphis native, is now the director of the Stax Foundation and frequently on premises.

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Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing, Local History, Museums: "One of our favorite things to do is at the display of Hayes' fancy Cadillac - lean over the rail a bit to hear the late, great soul man admonish 'Don't touch my ride!'"

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: To us, Stax is the perfect reflection of Memphis - soul, grit, and determination, plus a collaborative spirit that unified the races.

Best for Sightseeing Because: Stax is simply our favorite attraction for first-time visitors - it capture the true essence of Memphis.

Best for Local History Because: Stax was the record label that gave rise to the sound of soul - a uniquely American form of music.

Best for Museums Because: Stax is simply our favorite attraction in the city - an authentic, culture-rich, Memphis experience.

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