365 Things to Do in Memphis #168: Get an Efficient Memphis Musical History Lesson
If you’re trying to cram the most Memphis musical history into the shortest amount of time (without leaving downtown), I’ve got a solution for you. Assignment #168 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to get a musical overview at the Rock’n’Soul Museum.
The tour of the museum includes artifacts from the early days of blues music, through the birth of rock’n’roll and the proliferation of southern soul through today.
The tour of the museum takes you through the rural south of the Great Depression, a place where Southerners both black and white worked hard on their farms and enjoyed religious music, radio dramas and mail-order records played on Victorolas.
From there, the museum winds through the story of the way that gospel and country music came together to birth rock’n’roll and soul music without skipping any of the important parts.
Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for kids ages 5 – 17, and they’re open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
191 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103