Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Museum and History Museum
Memphis
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  • Soul Train
    "Explore the history of soul greats Isaac Hayes"(12 Tips)
    Karen J.
    "... the establishment of Stax Records and Blues and Soul music in Memphis. A..."(5 Tips)
    Memphis Travel
    "... include: Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Jean Knight and Sam & Dave."(5 Tips)
    IFC
    "soul music museum"(6 Tips)
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  • Raquel
    RaquelSeptember 18
    One of the best Memphis stops! Wether you like to read every line or walk through and dance it's a beautiful historical journey & landmark. And the proceeds go to the school attached!! Great cause! ❤️
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyFebruary 13
    The best music museum in Memphis. Traces the whole journey of Soul from its roots to the heights of the 60s and 70s. Recreated in the original Stax Records location.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AndersonJuly 27, 2013
    One of the best museums I've been to in a while. Great building, great history. And the Isaac Hayes car trumps anything you will see at the Smithsonian.
  • Kim A.
    Kim AyersJuly 20, 2013
    Rubin Studdard music camp visited Stax on yesterday, had a blast! Our tour guide was fantastic and his love for music served us well. I have a better appreciation for Memphis musical roots.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    My favorite museum I visited in Memphis. Isaac Hayes car is something every person needs to see in all its glory at least once in your life. Best car ever.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMay 25, 2013
    An incredible and moving experience for anyone who loves music. Not to mention, Isaac Hayes' pimped out Cadillac on display is pretty damn sick.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HeindelSeptember 10, 2013
    Give yourself time to go through the entire museum - it's phenomenal and you don't want to rush and miss any of the history of this incredible music label.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYJuly 8, 2010
    This museum is originally the home of the Stax Record Company which went bankrupt in 1976. The museum built in 2003 by anonymous philanthropists wanted to revitalize the surrounding community.
  • Karen J.
    Karen JohnsonSeptember 29, 2014
    I loved this museum!!! Very informative information in the establishment of Stax Records and Blues and Soul music in Memphis. A MUST visit tourist stop!!!
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2011
    Once a recording studio for many of the great soul artists, this soul music museum is filled with the history and culture of soul music.
  • Mia D.
    Mia Dwi MayantiJuly 9, 2010
    This museum is originally the home of the Stax Record Company which went bankrupt in 1976. The museum built in 2003 by anonymous philanthropists wanted to revitalize the surrounding community.
  • Memphis Travel
    Memphis TravelFebruary 8, 2012
    Visiting Memphis for Black History Month? Stax is an excellent source of history about the rise of black music in Memphis. Stax artists include: Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Jean Knight and Sam & Dave.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 25, 2011
    Did you know? Stax Records formed in 1959 and went on to launch the careers of such legendary artists as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Booker T, & the MGs, and many others. Read more
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMay 25, 2013
    If you're staying in the downtown area, the No. 4 MTA bus will get you close to all the main attractions down there.
  • City Saver
    City SaverMarch 27, 2013
    Use your Memphis City Saver coupon to receive one free admission when a second admission of equal or greater value is purchased (up to $12 Value).
  • BET
    BETJanuary 31, 2013
    Launched the careers of unknowns who would later become icons! Celebrate Black History by checking out BET's list of 25 influential Hip-Hop samples: http://bet.us/BHM
  • TheUrbanDaily
    TheUrbanDailyMay 25, 2011
    Founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, the small record label founded by bro& sis, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, changes its name to Stax, & becomes a major player in the creation of the Southern soul Read more
  • Kerry C.
    Kerry CrawfordJune 26, 2012
    Take your future album cover photo in front of the mural on the east side of the building. Read more
  • Steve R.
    Steve RossNovember 19, 2009
    $12 gets you a tour of some of my favorite Memphis Music. You'll be amazed at how many recognizable songs and musicians came out this label. Pretty awesome experience. Read more
  • Kerry C.
    Kerry CrawfordNovember 15, 2011
    Two things you have to do at Stax: 1. Dance on the Soul Train dance floor.2. Be appropriately reverent in front of Isaac Hayes' car.
  • Jean-Paul G.
    Jean-Paul GodmaireAugust 13, 2014
    I had no idea how rich with musical history Stax was, definitely worth the visit.
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 31, 2015
    A good way to learn more about Soul Music!
  • Duffy L.
    Duffy LaudickJuly 27, 2013
    I loved this place. I could still feel the energy in Studio A. A must visit!
  • Soul Train
    Soul TrainMarch 14, 2011
    Explore the history of soul greats Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Luther Ingram, and more.
  • The Grio
    The GrioFebruary 1, 2011
    Check out where numerous legends got their start: Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett - just to name a few. Read more
  • Andy I.
    Andy ImparatoDecember 28, 2013
    Great museum, lots of cool stuff in gift shop
  • Memphis Travel
    Memphis TravelJanuary 27, 2012
    Make sure not to miss the Otis Redding: I've Got Dreams to Remember exhibit which is being showcased at Stax through March 31, 2012.
  • David W.
    David WagnerOctober 21
    Take your time. There is a lot to see.
  • Jimmy S.
    Jimmy SmithApril 19, 2015
    Great history, sketchy neighborhood....
  • DIVINE M.
    DIVINE MagazineAugust 21, 2011
    Music Inspires A Generation And The History Of Memphis Music Can Be Found At Stax. Wear Your Dancing Shoes!
  • Homeless Bill
    Homeless BillJuly 29, 2010
    I think my favorite part of the American Soul museum is that they have Dick Cheney's unused soul on display.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanNovember 24, 2014
    Lots of really cool insights to the story behind the music.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WeinsteinNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Admission is free on Tuesday's from 1-5 for local residents.
  • Reashun G.
    The classic music & the history of it all.
  • Caroline
    CarolineMarch 12, 2010
    Visit Stax and fall in love with Memphis' Soul Music Heritage. See the bling-covered Cadillac previously owned by Mr. Hot Buttered Soul, Isaac Hayes
  • Seismic Audio
    Seismic AudioDecember 13, 2011
    Attention all musicians, before you spend a ton of money on PA gear, check out Seismic Audio!
  • Jodi H.
    Jodi HamiltonNovember 29, 2015
    Allow at least 3 hours...soak up some soul..❤️ Isaac Hayes car.
  • Larry J. O.
    We went to sun and was most disappointed but this is and was by far a better tour money well spent
  • Sony Mobile WTA
    Sony Mobile WTADecember 26, 2010
    Trace the roots of soul music from gospel to Al Green and beyond!
  • Maura T.
    Maura T.August 8, 2012
    Free for military and dependents until labor day.
  • Jayy W.
    Jayy WrightJanuary 22, 2014
    You HAVE to visit this place!!
  • Amanda Michelle J.
    Amanda Michelle JonesDecember 24, 2013
    Isaac Hayes' gold-plated caddy is EVERYTHING!!! (No photos allowed)
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DickensMay 23, 2011
    Great museum for music lovers! Read more
  • Elvis S.
    Elvis SmegMaxDecember 30, 2010
    If you wear Isaac Hayes' gold medallions you will acquire all of his powers.
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GAugust 8, 2012
    A must do while in Memphis
  • Kelly P.
    Kelly PriceAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure get this tour in if you coming to Memphis, TN!!!
  • SPORTIQE
    SPORTIQEMay 11, 2012
    Fuel your retro desires with a Peace, Love, and Stax Tee. Read more
  • April B.
    April BowenApril 16
    Very informative museum!
  • Bertha
    BerthaMarch 30, 2014
    Gotta do the Soul Train line
  • Dale R.
    Dale RooftimeMay 2, 2010
    bad part of town, go in the daytime only and use teh FREE parking in teh back, dont go to teh street!
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