Explore the Museum

From the award-winning introductory documentary film to an authentic 100-year-old Mississippi Delta church that explains the gospel roots of soul music, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music winds and twists through a labyrinth of exhibits that promote and preserve the legacy of American soul music and its contributions internationally, highlighting musical giants such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, and hundreds of others.

Among the more than 2,000 exhibits, videos, stage costumes, photographs, instruments used to record the Stax sound, you’ll find items such as Phalon Jones’ saxophone that was retrieved from a lake intact after the fatal crash of Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays; Otis Redding’s favorite brown suede jacket; Albert King’s famous purple Flying V guitar; Tina Turner’s gold sequined stage dress and Ike Turner silver lame suit and Fender guitar; the organ used by Booker T. Jones to record Green Onions; and Isaac Hayes’ restored, peacock-blue 1972 Superfly Cadillac El Dorado complete with television, refrigerator, and gold trim. You’ll be amazed in the Hall of Records, where approximately 800 45 single records and 300 LPs are on display. And you’ll stand on the exact spot where all of the great Stax music was made in the recreation of Stax’s legendary Studio A. In addition to these and other permanent exhibits, the Stax Museum Gallery hosts seasonally-changing exhibits, with internationally acclaimed photography exhibitions celebrating such icons as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the world’s greatest hip hop artists, and virtually every famous blues musician in history.