Memphis Rock n Soul Museum
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
- The whole story: Experience the Memphis sound from field workin' blues and sharecropper gospel to the rock 'n' soul salad days of the 1960s and '70s.
- The music: Hear hits and rare tracks from Elvis, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Johnny Cash, Sam & Dave, Al Green, and more.
- Seven galleries: Set your own pace as you walk the timeline and check out the instruments, costumes, and treasures, seeing how music set the stage for lasting social change.
- Digital audio guide: Your device is loaded with over five hours of background info and a curator's selection of 100 toe-tapping, finger-snapping tracks to keep you in the moment.
About this Memphis, Tennessee tour
The most enduring cultural legacy of the 20th century played out in the Beale Street bars and recording studios of Memphis. Rural blues and gospel, urban jazz and swing, country boogie, and the changing racial climate of the '50s and '60s got America – and soon the world – all shook up.
A walk through the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is a trip through all the stages that led to that cultural earthquake. It's a story that changed the way we walked, the way we talked, the way we combed our hair and dressed, and what we danced to.
Even the museum's location is legendary. It's parked on the corner of Beale Street – the capital of Memphis music since the 1860s – and Highway 61, the "Blues Highway" that runs from the Mississippi Delta up through Memphis and on to St. Louis.
Stop, look, and listen your way through the galleries and exhibits at your own pace; they're loaded with memorabilia, instruments, costumes, video presentations, and more. And the Museum's digital audio tour guide fills in the arrangement with over 300 minutes of back story and songs.
Get lost in the raw sound of early Memphis blues and jazz. Go back to Sun Studio's chart-topping rockabilly hits. Groove to Stax Records gospel, funk, and soul. And be inspired all over again by the people whose love of music overcame racial and economic barriers, creating a soundtrack that changed the world forever.
This could get messy
People love lists. Lists tell it like it is. Like the one the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum put together to prove – once and for all – that "Memphis" appears in the lyrics of more recorded songs than any other city. They soon hit 1000, and kept going. But compiling a list of the 10 best songs about Memphis could lead to a bar brawl – with Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, the Stray Cats, and a dozen others all duking it out.
Please make your way to 191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN, 38103 at FedExForum downtown.
This tour is self-guided so you can spend as much time as you like in Memphis Rock n Soul Museum. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Participation in any activity is at each person's discretion.
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Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 4 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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