The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.
Located at 191 Beale, on the corner of legendary Highway 61 at the FedExForum sports and entertainment complex, the museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s, through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 70s, to its global musical influence. The museum’s digital audio tour guide is packed with over 300 minutes of information, including over 100 songs, and takes visitors at their own pace through seven galleries featuring 3 audio visual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes and other musical treasures.
Gateway to the history of the Memphis musical heritage and the cultural impact influencing society. Includes seven galleries of artifacts, video, pictures, words and music. Learn about music legends like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Sam Phillips, Dewey Phillips, the DJ who first spun an Elvis record on his Red, Hot and Blue Show, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave and more. Find out about Tours are guided by individual audio players. Shuttle tours are available to Graceland, Heartbreak Hotel and Sun Studio.
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