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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a museum located in Memphis, Tennessee, at 926 East McLemore Avenue, the original location of Stax … See more


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Jan 8, 2023
Visiting this museum was like hearing the soundtrack of my life in just a few hours. It's a gem. I didn't know much about this label, but WOW. They produced an era of fabulous music. Full review by Traveler1Lauren
Jan 2, 2023
Wow! What a fun and interesting experience! We really enjoyed our visit to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music! From the video introduction to the reassembled country church genesis of Stax to the… Full review by MidwestKathM
Dec 17, 2022
This is a great museum. Even if you are not into music history this museum should be on your to do list if you go to Memphis. They do a great job reliving the history of the musicians and staff behin… Full review by runnerrich


A Replica of the Stax Recording Studio
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a museum located in Memphis, Tennessee, at 926 McLemore Avenue, the former location of Stax Records. It is operated by Soulsville USA, which also operates the adjacent Stax Music Academy. After Stax Records went bankrupt and closed in 1976, the Stax studio was sold by the Union Planters Bank to Southside Church of God in Christ, located nearby on McLemore Avenue. Except for a brief time when it was used as a soup kitchen, it was allowed to deteriorate so it was torn down in 1989. The neighborhood had deteriorated badly and by 1998, a group of concerned people and anonymous philanthropists spearheaded a nonprofit revitalization effort for the area which was dubbed Soulsville after the slogan "Soulsville U.S.A." which Stax called its studio on its former theater marquee as a counterpoint to Motown Records' Hitsville U.S.A. Construction began on the Stax Museum and adjacent Stax Music Academy on April 2001 and the museum opened in May 2003. The Stax Museum is a replica of the Stax recording studio, the former Capitol Theatre, down to the sloping floor of studio A. It is a 17,000 square feet museum with more than 2,000 videos, films, photographs, original instruments used to record Stax hits, stage costumes, interactive exhibits, and other items of memorabilia. Some of the standout exhibits include an authentic 101-year-old Mississippi Delta church to help show the gospel roots of soul music; the Soul Train dance floor, Isaac Hayes' restored 1972 gold-trimmed, peacock-blue Cadillac El Dorado; and a changing gallery where special exhibits change five times each year.

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