"In the quest to identify the roots of America’s music, all roads led to Memphis.” With that quote from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History launched the exhibition, “Rock ‘n’ Soul: Social Crossroads” from which emerged the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, and the first and only exhibition ever developed by the world renowned Smithsonian Institution with another museum.
The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum of Memphis is more than a museum of stage costumes and drumsticks. The importance of the museum and its Smithsonian exhibition lies in its story of social change and the many musicians and individuals who broke the barriers of segregation and of the racial and social prejudice that permeated society, thus creating the hip-swiveling explosion that became “America’s music.” But it was more than a musical revolution; not only changing the sounds that came from our radio speakers, but also influencing the way we dress, the cars we drive, our movies, our television commercials, even our politics. The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum of Memphis tells of more than the change in America’s music; it tells of the music that forever changed the complexion of the world.
The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum of Memphis is located at the legendary intersection of Highway 61, “The Blues Highway” and historic Beale Street at FedExForum. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with extended hours on FedExForum event nights. Admission is $9 for adults and Youth (5-17) $6.
For more information, visit the Rock 'n' Soul Museum website.