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The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum will have you tapping your toes. Book this admission ticket and discover Memphis' history of blues, rock and soul music. An included audio guide adds depth to the extensive exhibits, with more than 100 songs to bring liveliness to the displays. Delve into Memphis' musical legacy and learn all about the pioneers like BB King and Muddy Waters who put Memphis on the map.

Highlights

  • Admission ticket to Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
  • Includes an audio guide with more than 5 hours of information and 100 songs
  • Discover the roots of American music and how Memphis was key to its development
  • See costumes, instruments, photographs and more from Memphis musicians and recording studios
  • Learn about Memphis-based artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley
  • Hear how recording studios like Sun Studio, Stax and Hi Records made Memphis a music powerhouse

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Created in a collaborative effort by the Smithsonian Institution and National Museum of American History, the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum explores the roots of America’s music. It’s a must-see for music lovers when visiting Memphis.

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What You Can Expect

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum Admission

Learn the complete story of Memphis music history at the Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

Immerse yourself in the birth of rock and soul music at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, located on Beale Street. Its detailed displays feature instruments, stage costumes, artifacts and photographs. Fascinating exhibits trace a history from the rural areas of the Mississippi Delta to the bustling streets of the city, unveiling the story of Memphis and its music history in the process.

An audio guide comes with your admission ticket. With more than five hours of information, including 100 songs, your self-guided tour can be as comprehensive as you like. Enhance your experience by playing hits such as ‘Coming to Memphis,’ ‘Rural Music,’ ‘Soul Music’ and ‘Social Changes.’

After the museum, stroll outside with a new appreciation for Beale Street, famous for its blues music landmarks as well as watershed moments in civil rights history. Musician icons including BB King, Muddy Waters, Memphis Minnie and Louis Armstrong played the nightclubs here from the 1920s onward, creating many of the sounds and stories that made Memphis a hotbed of musical innovation.

Customer Reviews

Gary E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Steeped in history and provides an extensive range of the music history and main contributors over the years telling their story and an opportunity to listen to their music on juke boxes around the venue. A good audio guide with headphones works well that is until folks start singing along and dancing as they go. Not always a good look or sound but quite amusing. The whole place is well set out with memorabilia that I hadn't seen in other museums - Such as Elvis stuff not at Graceland. Well worth a visit. Its also a good pick up and drop off point for other tours. Handy to know before you book.

Clarissa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great museum! Enjoyed the exhibits. It looks very new and clean. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Jimbo

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Didn't know quite what to expect but when I donned those headphones I got lost in a world of my own. Listening to the songs from the jukebox transported me back in time. For Me, Quite an emotional experiance.

Graham M

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

Pretty old fashion. Not very high tech. Lots of reading. However if you love music and what to learn more about the evolution of rock n roll , Sam Phillips and Stax records , this might be interesting for you. P.S. Plenty of old juke box tunes to listen to

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