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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, Tennessee, 38126

The Basics

The interactive exhibits within the Stax Museum of American Soul Music let you learn about the history of soul music and experience it for yourself. Listen to hits recorded by Stax at the Wall of Sound listening station; see replica recording equipment; and dance along to Soul Train on the Express Yourself dance floor.

As one of many music-focused attractions in Memphis, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a staple on several music-themed combo tickets and tours, which typically include entry to places such as Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum, Sun Studio, and Graceland.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The museum’s interactive elements are meant to keep people of all ages and interests engaged.

  • You can pick up music, shirts, and memorabilia in the museum’s gift shop.

  • Most visitors spend 2- to 3-hours at the museum.

  • The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Located about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the international airport and about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from downtown Memphis, the museum can be reached from either location by car or taxi in under 10 minutes. It's also accessible by public bus.

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When to Get There

The indoor museum—which is open midmorning through to the early evening, six days a week—makes an ideal escape on a hot or rainy day. Check the museum’s event schedule to visit for an event, show, or workshop. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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The Sax Music Academy and Charter School

Part of the Soulsville Foundation, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music shares a campus with the Stax Music Academy and Soulsville Charter School. Both the music academy and charter school are dedicated to providing education and performance opportunities. The academy focuses on music education and at-risk youth, and the charter school is open to students from throughout the region and focuses on academics as well as music.

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