Rock N Soul Museum

191 Beale Street
Memphis TN 38103
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  • Mon: 10am-7pm
  • Tue: 10am-7pm
  • Wed: 10am-7pm
  • Thu: 10am-7pm
  • Fri: 10am-7pm
  • Sat: 10am-7pm
  • Sun: 10am-7pm


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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. The museum and gift shop are open daily, 10 a.m. 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youth age 5-17. Shelby County, Tennessee residents are offered free admission any Tuesday afternoon between the hours of 2 and 7 p.m. by simply showing a photo ID with proof of residence. History of Rock 'n' Soul MuseumBorn on April 29, 2000, the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum, Inc has welcomed over 200, 000 visitors from all over the world, including thousands of school students who participate in the museum's Education Program to learn about the social changes that impacted the nation and led to the development of rock n' roll. The first born of the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution and developed by the National Museum of American History ( NMAH ) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1996, the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum became the first exhibition to have ever been developed by the Smithsonian Institution with another museum.