Stax Museum of American Soul Music

#2 in Best Things To Do in Memphis
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Key Info

926 E. McLemore Ave.

Price & Hours

$13 for adults; $10 for kids 9-12; free for ki...
Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Sitting on the original site of the Stax Records studio, this museum commemorates the musicians who recorded in this legendary space, as well as other American soul legends. Among the museum's collection of more than 2,000 artifacts, interactive exhibits, films and galleries, you'll see Isaac Hayes' custom Cadillac Eldorado, which was purchased as part of his renegotiated deal with Stax in 1972. The relic is outfitted with some unusual amenities, including a TV, a refrigerated minibar and 24-carat gold exterior trim. 

Recent visitors praised the quality of the memorabilia on display and the introductory film screened at the beginning of the self-guided tour. Though reviewers do warn that there's a lot of information to read and absorb, they called the experience "fascinating." If you need a break from reading, you can bust a move out on the Express Yourself dance floor – another point of praise for recent visitors. The studio is also a featured stop on many of the best Memphis tours.

Sitting south of downtown Memphis, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and is closed on Monday. General admission costs $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children ages 9 to 12 (children 8 and younger get in free). For more information, visit the museum's website.

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