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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Type: Art & Culture, Attractions, History Museums, Museums
The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax is one of the richest experiences in the city for music lovers. Home to what became known as the Memphis Sound, Stax is where Isaac... Read More
The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax is 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 â" 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.
- Apr: -; Oct Mon-Sat; 10am-5pm
- Sun: 1pm-5pm Nov; -; Mar Tue-Sat; 10am-5pm
- Sun: 1pm-5pm
- Adult $12; Senior (62+) $11; Student $11; Military $11; Child (9-12) $9; Child (8 and under) Free
- Best for Historic Sites Because: Stax oozes history and gets our vote for the best historic experience in Memphis.
- 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 Museums Because: Stax is simply our favorite attraction in the city - an authentic, culture-rich, Memphis experience.