Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Music - Soul - Blues - Jukeboxes - Stars - Horns

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is music history at its best and most entertaining.  The historical information is presented chronologically and has been chosen to faithfully represent the development of the unique sounds that came out of Memphis.

Included in admission is an audio tour that takes you through the development of music in Memphis, rock and roll, blues.  Any music you associate with Memphis is found in this gallery of music history.

    From Isaac Hayes to Johnny Cash to Muddy Waters to the Memphis Horns, they are all here.  Sam the Sham, and Elvis, too.  You will find a treasure of music history so exceptionally well presented you do not realize you are getting a history lesson.

From music to culture to clothing, all are shown in Rock 'n' Soul in fascinating pictures, posters, and displays.

    You can listen to the informational audio presentation.  You can also use the audio device to listen to music of the era.  There are signs, usually over the jukeboxes, with a menu of songs you may have never heard, or rarely hear.

    Take the time to listen to a few of them.  The music will immediately take you back to a different time and culture. 

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.  Confucius

You may or may not remember jukeboxes, if you do, it will be a trip down memory lane for you.  If you do not remember them, you will get to see how lovely they were and still are.

   Wurlitzer jukeboxes continue to be made by Gibson.  The glamour of the jukebox is fabulous, as it always has been.  Be sure to see the Bubble Jukebox. 

The last area of the museum is a tribute to the Memphis Horns.  Try to save time and energy so you can spend some of your visit getting to known the Memphis Horns.  They were well known to musicians, but were not so well known by the general public.

Tenor Sax and Trumpet

     The Memphis Horns played awesome background music with tenor saxophone and trumpet.  You often heard them, but were unaware of the duo, Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson, creating the sound. 

-  Need to Know  -

  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum is located at 191 Beale Street in downtown Memphis. 
  • The address is on Beale, but it is not exactly on Beale Street.  It is in the complex that includes the FedEx Forum, which has a Beale Street address.  If you are in front of the FedEx forum looking at the main entrance, look to your right, and you will see Rock n Soul.  It is across the street from Gibson Guitar and diagonally across from the Westin Hotel. 
  • It is highly unlikely you will find a free parking place.  You will spend more money on gas driving around looking for free parking than it is worth.  You can usually find parking for $5.00 except during special events.
  • Rock 'n' Soul is all on one floor and provides easy accessibility.  You can drop off close to the entrance near the front door. 
  • If it is convenient, Rock 'n' Soul would be a good place to begin your tour of Memphis music.  It provides a through overview of the development of music in this area.  You will have a better understanding of the other places you visit, if you begin here. 

Rock 'n' Soul Hours and Admission

Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The last tour begins at 6:15 p.m.

  Try to arrive before the last tour at 6:15 p.m.  There is much to see here.

Admission is $11 for adults.

$8 for ages 5-17.

Tuesday afternoons  2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., local residents of Shelby County, TN have free admission with a photo ID to verify residency.        

YeaMemphis Tip - The Gibson Guitar Factory is across the street from Rock n Soul.  You can visit both in a morning or afternoon and still have time to walk down Beale Street. 

There is so much to see, read and listen to in Rock n Soul, try to plan so you will not make a hurried visit.  Be sure to see the piano shaped watch designed by Isaac Hayes.  It is difficult to miss. 

YeaMemphis loves the stars featured here, but is partial to the Memphis Horns.  Unique duo, unique sound, Stax artists, they made an unforgettable sound all their own.  And worked with almost every Stax artist. 

The Memphis Horns

Best Photo Ops -You are on the steps leading to the FedEx Forum.  Get a photo of the museum entrance and the forum entrance together.  There are giant sport balls of all kinds in front.  Get one with the ball of your favorite game.

great city, proud music heritage....

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