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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 the FedEx Forum, 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 through seven galleries featuring 3 audio visual programs, more than 30 instruments, 40 costumes and other musical treasures. 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. Start/opening time: At 10am.

End/closing time: At 1pm. Last tour at 6.15pm.

Languages: Audio-guides are available in English only and written translations in French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese.

Others: Tours are every 12 minutes throughout the day. Tour begins with introductory film in theatre with a capacity of 50 guests. Larger groups are split with a maximum wait time of 12 minutes.

There is a free shuttle that stops at the museum and goes to Graceland, Sun Studio and back to Rock n Soul. The shuttle runs daily from 10am to 6pm. The first stop at Rock n Soul is at 10.30am and stops every hour on the half hour until 5.30pm.