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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jean-Paul G.
    Jean-Paul GodmaireAugust 13, 2014
    I had no idea how rich with musical history Stax was, definitely worth the visit.
  • Larry J. O.
    We went to sun and was most disappointed but this is and was by far a better tour money well spent
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seismic Audio
    Seismic AudioDecember 13, 2011
    Attention all musicians, before you spend a ton of money on PA gear, check out Seismic Audio!
  • Duffy L.
    Duffy LaudickJuly 27, 2013
    I loved this place. I could still feel the energy in Studio A. A must visit!
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 31, 2015
    A good way to learn more about Soul Music!
  • Sam
    SamNovember 16, 2013
    Admission is free on Tuesday's from 1-5 for local residents.
  • 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!
  • Elvis S.
    Elvis SmegMaxDecember 30, 2010
    If you wear Isaac Hayes' gold medallions you will acquire all of his powers.
  • Andy I.
    Andy ImparatoDecember 28, 2013
    Great museum, lots of cool stuff in gift shop
  • Jimmy S.
    Jimmy SmithApril 19, 2015
    Great history, sketchy neighborhood....
  • Sony Mobile WTA
    Sony Mobile WTADecember 26, 2010
    Trace the roots of soul music from gospel to Al Green and beyond!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanNovember 24, 2014
    Lots of really cool insights to the story behind the music.
  • Jodi H.
    Jodi HamiltonNovember 29, 2015
    Allow at least 3 hours...soak up some soul..❤️ Isaac Hayes car.
  • Maura T.
    Maura T.August 8, 2012
    Free for military and dependents until labor day.
  • Kelly P.
    Kelly PriceAugust 31, 2011
    Make sure get this tour in if you coming to Memphis, TN!!!
  • Amanda Michelle J.
    Amanda Michelle JonesDecember 24, 2013
    Isaac Hayes' gold-plated caddy is EVERYTHING!!! (No photos allowed)
  • SPORTIQE
    SPORTIQEMay 11, 2012
    Fuel your retro desires with a Peace, Love, and Stax Tee. Read more
  • Jayy W.
    Jayy WrightJanuary 22, 2014
    You HAVE to visit this place!!
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DickensMay 23, 2011
    Great museum for music lovers! Read more
  • April B.
    April BowenApril 16
    Very informative museum!
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GAugust 8, 2012
    A must do while in Memphis
  • Bertha
    BerthaMarch 30, 2014
    Gotta do the Soul Train line
  • Tawni B.
    Tawni BellOctober 4, 2011
    This place rocks so hard!
  • George G.
    George GloverJune 15, 2013
    Bluesville
  • Reashun G.
    Reashun Gladney2 days ago
    The classic music & the history of it all.
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