365 Things to Do in Memphis #168: Get an Efficient Memphis Musical History Lesson

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 16th 2012 982 5

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.

Phillip Parker / Copyright © Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau 2011 All Rights Reserved.

Phillip Parker / Copyright © Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau 2011 All Rights Reserved.

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.

Justin Fox Burks / Copyright © Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau 2011 All Rights Reserved.

Justin Fox Burks / Copyright © Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau 2011 All Rights Reserved.

Read more here.

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.

Go there:

Rock’n’Soul Museum

191 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 205-2533


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Alana says:

    My husband and I were married here! We were the first wedding to take place there, and we didn’t even live in Tennessee! 🙂

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