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Memphis: Stax Museum of American Soul Music

1. Memphis: Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Start your museum tour in the true birthplace of soul music – a modest country church. Just as Stax’s music found its roots in the sounds of Southern gospel music, the museum opens in a real, circa-1906 Mississippi Delta church that has been carefully reassembled inside the building. It's hard not to dance when you listen to Stax tracks. While most museums don’t encourage dancing in the aisles, you can shake what your mama gave you on the Express Yourself dance floor. Don’t worry if you don’t have the moves – you can pick up inspiration from the dancers on vintage episodes of Soul Train playing next to the dance floor. Check out the period recording equipment in the control room, then stand in Studio A, an exact replica of the legendary converted movie theater where Stax artists cut records, down to the gently slanted floor that contributed to Stax’s special sound. See Stax’s impact in the hall of records, where the walls are lined with floor-to-ceiling cases containing all of the albums and singles released by Stax and its subsidiary labels from 1957 – 1975. See the album art and hear the classics (or find new favorites) at the listening station. Behold Isaac Hayes’ glittering custom Cadillac Eldorado, which was purchased as part of his renegotiated deal with Stax in 1972. The car, which was purchased for $26,000 (or, $143,000 in 2013 dollars), is fully equipped with unique amenities like a refrigerated mini-bar, television, 24-carat gold exterior trim and white fur carpeting on the floorboards.

Memphis: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Memphis: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the best of Memphis on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with 9 stops and unlimited rides during the duration of your tour pass. Explore the city's monuments, historical attractions, and popular spots in the most flexible and enjoyable way. Visit highlights of the city such as the Blues Hall of Fame, Graceland, the Stax Museum, Sun Studio, the Memphis Pyramid, and more. Find everything from kid-friendly attractions such as the Peabody Hotel to more historical spots such as the National Civil Rights Museum. Adapt your day along the route and based on your interests. Enjoy the convenience of buses passing through the stops every 90 minutes. If you prefer, remain on the bus tour for the entire loop, listening to the informative audio commentary on board. Stops along the hop-on hop-off bus route include: • Ticket Booth/Hard Rock Cafe• National Civil Rights Museum/Blues Hall of Fame• Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum/B.B. King's Blues Club• Stax Museum of American Soul Music• Graceland• Sun Studio• Auto Zone Park/Peabody Hotel• Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid• Tennessee Welcome Center

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul & Music Hall of Fame Combo

3. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul & Music Hall of Fame Combo

Keep your costs down with this combo ticket to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Enjoy a comprehensive Memphis music experience introducing you to both the history of rock and soul, as well as some of the greatest musicians of all time. At the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, experience an exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music. Learn about the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s, through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records and Memphis’ musical heyday in the 1970s, to the city's global musical influence. The museum’s digital audio tour guide is packed with over 300 minutes of information, including over 100 songs. With your included audio guide, move at your own pace through 7 galleries featuring 3 audiovisual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes, and other musical treasures. The museum is unmissable for fans of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Al Green, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, The BarKays, and more. Informational booklets are available in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese. At the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, discover a place that began as a tribute to Memphis' legendary musicians who shaped modern music and changed the world forever right here in Memphis. Lose yourself in what is now a museum as outrageous as its inductees. Delight in a fun, fascinating, and educational exhibition featuring never-before-seen memorabilia, rare video performances and interviews, interactive exhibits, and much more!

From Memphis: Elvis Presley's Upbringing Tour

4. From Memphis: Elvis Presley's Upbringing Tour

Although Elvis Presley became the biggest name in music history and achieved worldwide fame and fortune, his roots were humble. To discover more about his upbringing, you will meet your experienced tour guide in Memphis, in front of The Guest House at Graceland. From there, hop on a luxury coach bus to begin a 1:45 hour drive towards the King's birthplace. Along the ride, enjoy Elvis Presley movies and concerts played on the TV to get you in the mood for the day ahead. When arriving at the city of Tupelo, you will visit the house Elvis Presley was born in and is now considered a historic landmark by the State of Mississippi. You will learn more about the history of the house and his childhood before heading to Elvis Presley Museum, his childhood church, the "Walk of Life" trail tracing Elvis' career and personal life, and see the "Elvis at 13" statue, the Story Wall & Fountain of Life, representing the 13 years that Elvis lived in Tupelo before moving to Memphis with his family. From there, visit the Tupelo Hardware Company to discover where the King's mother, Gladys, purchased his first guitar and put music in the hands of the boy who grew to become a musical legend. The experience in Tupelo will wrap up with a drive past some significant landmarks of the city including the Tupelo Fairgrounds, the Elvis Homecoming Statue, and schools that Elvis attended. After a fun day discovering all there is to Elvis Presley's upbringing, relax on the trip back to Memphis, where you will be dropped off at The Guest House at Graceland.

Memphis: Entry Ticket to the Edge Motor Museum

5. Memphis: Entry Ticket to the Edge Motor Museum

Discover the rise, boom, plateau, and fall of the American sports car as you follow trends in politics, economics, culture, and technology. See how critical moments of convergence across these four areas influenced what we now regard as archetypes of design and engineering, and use this as a context for where car design is today. Witness how, in just 30 short years, the American sports car became an icon.  Make your way through The Edge Motor Museum where the focus is on preservation over restoration. Cars can tell you something about the past, the present. and the world. They are vehicles to history, and reflections of the eras in which they were designed, built, sold, and driven. This museum is not a personal collection of cars. Each automobile is selected based on its historical and cultural significance. The aim is to educate you about not only these cars but also about what was happening during the time when they were made. America's obsession with the automobile can be traced back to the first gasoline-powered horseless carriages of the late nineteenth century. Certain cars echo certain moments in time - their styling, speed, and spirit mirroring periods of ease and unease, of peace and upheaval, of sensibility and excess. These cars are vehicles to days gone by and can remind us of our country's character at different points in time. It's no wonder we value them so highly and remember them so fondly.

From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

6. From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

Experience the legendary character of Memphis, Tennessee, and see why this city is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth. Located on the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the capitol of Blues and home to some of the best BBQ around. Celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a visit to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy a VIP access pass at Graceland complete with a souvenir lanyard. You’ll see the burial site of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, walk through the Elvis car museum and see two deluxe airplanes that were used for tours and traveling. Next, you’re off to learn what accident set Rock ‘n’ Roll in motion at Sam Phillips’ famed Sun Studios in the heart of downtown Memphis. Take a guided tour to see what the recording process used to be like. Hear the stories of how many legends got their start here, such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and the King himself, Elvis Presley. See the famous Peabody ducks make their way down the red carpet from their fountain to the elevator as they head to bed at the lavish Peabody Hotel.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket

7. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket

What began as a tribute to Memphis’ legendary musicians who shook the world has finally opened as a museum that is as outrageous as its inductees! Visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum and discover some of the greatest musicians of all time, each responsible for shaping modern music and changing the world forever right here in Memphis. At the museum, explore the fun, fascinating, and educational exhibition featuring never-before-seen memorabilia, rare video performances and interviews, interactive exhibits, and much more. With new inductees each year, the Hall of Fame celebrates musicians from all eras of Memphis music history. Some members of the Hall of Fame include: ZZ Top, Three Six Mafia, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Green, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, and many more.

Memphis: Rock 'n' Soul Museum with Audio Tour

8. Memphis: Rock 'n' Soul Museum with Audio Tour

Experience an exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music and a comprehensive Memphis music experience. Learn about 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 7 galleries featuring 3 audiovisual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes, and other musical treasures. This tour is a cant-miss for fans of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Al Green, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, The BarKays, and others. Informational booklets are available in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese.

Memphis: Walking Ghost Hunt

9. Memphis: Walking Ghost Hunt

Explore the macabre and dark history of downtown Memphis during this guided walking tour. Escape into the past and visit sites of hauntings taken from local legends, official records, and accounts from professional paranormal investigations. You'll walk less than a mile total with several stops along the way including the famous Arcade Restaurant and the Lorraine Motel. Finish the spooky night at the famous Earnestine & Hazels. Be sure to take lots of pictures along the way to see if you capture any paranormal activity of your own.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis

10. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis

Looking for a way to turn downtown Memphis into a giant board game? Urban Adventure Quest have created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Memphis. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way through well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. Your Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure will begin outside the famous Peabody Hotel and will take you on a journey to famous and lesser-known sights of the city. You will find famous barbecue, discover a walk of fame and see some Peabody ducks. You'll see Elvis (really!) and the place where he bought his famous clothes as well as many other unique and historic sights. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for lunch at one of the famous barbeques or grab a refreshing drink and go at your own pace. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of Interest: • Rendezvous BBQ • Autozone Baseball Stadium • Peabody Hotel • Memphis Hall of Fame • Elvis Presley Plaza • Orpheum Theater • Beale Street

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What people are saying about Memphis, Tennessee

Personally I lived the dream of my life, I am a big fan of Elvis. Discovering his world of youth and especially going to the places where he went my more than fulfilling. The guide being a fan like me, informed us of the best not to be missed. It was an unforgettable day. Thanksiiiiii.

Wonderful trip with fantastic experiences. VIP is definitely one thing that makes the experience easier. No extra expenses of entry fees.

It’s a great trip, long day and worth going to! Make sure you wear good walking shoes. It was nice to go ahead of all the lines.

Both museums were very interesting, even though we didn't know a lot of the bands/singers as we are in the UK.

It was fun. Bring a backpack with cold water and snacks.