Known as the only soul music museum in the world, Stax Museum has been open since 2003.  It is located a 926 East McLemore Ave, which was the home of Stax Records until its bankruptcy in 1976.

The Stax Museum is a replica of the Stax recording studio, the former Capitol Theatre, down to the sloping floor of studio A. The 17,000-square-foot museum features 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 the Soul Train dance floor, Isaac Hayes' restored 1972 gold-trimmed Cadillac El Dorado, and a changing gallery where special exhibits change five times each year.

Stax Museum is operated by Soulsville USA, which also operates the adjacent Stax Music Academy.  The Stax Music Academy is a state-of-the-art facility where primarily at-risk youth are mentored through music education and unique performance opportunities they would otherwise likely never experience. The building also houses The Soulsville Charter School, an academically rigorous, musically rich school where students study math, language arts, science, social studies, and orchestra. Their Soulsville Symphony Orchestra has played for the likes of Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and Isaac Hayes.

Stax Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 5pm.  Admission is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 +, Active Military, and students with proper ID, and $10 for children aged 9-12. Children under 8 are free with a paid adult.  Visit the website or call 901.942.7685

If you not been to this gem of American Soul Music history, make plans to go today!
 

By and photo credit: staxmuseum.com