Whatever You Do, Don't Touch Isaac's Ride

Whatever You Do, Don't Touch Isaac's Ride

It's tough to get through the Stax Museum of American Soul Music without dancing.

Luckily, the sympathetic people who run the museum have a full dance floor in the middle of the tour, just in case you need a dance break.

photo by Raphael Tenschert

Plenty of people stop to dance in front of the giant screen that plays constantly plays Soul Train. It could be that the Stax Museum puts people in an instant good mood. I was about two seconds into the introduction movie when I started grinning.

Visit The Stax Museum In Memphis

The Stax Museum focuses on the history of the Stax Record label, which operated in Memphis from 1961 - 1977.  The original building was torn down in 1989, but the studio is faithfully recreated in the new building (down to the slightly slanted floor—the original building was a movie theater before it was a studio).

The Stax museum is very thorough. Instruments, clothes, videos, crazy shoes, records, recording equipment and a 100 year-old church tell the story of soul music in Memphis.

photo by Raphael Tenschert

Memphis Music History at the Stax Museum in Soulsville

The Stax Museum taught me all kinds of things I didn't know about Memphis music history. I had no idea that Otis Redding was only 26 when he died in a plane crash. I also had no idea that Isaac Hayes drove one of the most magnificent cars ever. It's tough to describe with mere words. Check it out:

photo by Raphael Tenschert

And Isaac has a special message for anyone (like me) who feels compelled to pet his sweet


Stax Museum Hours & Information

If you want to visit the Stax Museum, it's open every day but Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $13 and kids ages 9 - 12 are $10.

If you're a Shelby County resident, you can visit for free on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Complete info about visiting can be found here.

The museum is only a few minutes away from downtown. While you're in the area, you can have a meal at the Four Way Restaurant around the corner or take a climb at Memphis Rox.

Go There:

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Ave Memphis, TN 38106

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freakin sweet!
August 19, 2009 2:15pm
I Love Memphis
[...] I visited the Stax Museum of American Soul Music a few months ago, I was struck by how much amazing talent was born within a mile of the legendary [...]
November 19, 2009 11:38am
Keith Robinson

A must visit for all Memphis music history lovers,the home and birth of soul music!

August 9, 2022 9:59am