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Sun Studio: Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
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Sun Studio - The place where an 18 year old Elvis Presley recorded his first song. It’s well-known in the music industry as "The Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll" and the most famous recording studio in the world. Opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips in...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Memphis
706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
+1 901-521-0664
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Reviewed yesterday

Our tour guide told an interesting story of the history of this place. A history that included a teen aged Elvis, and a lot of other great artists like Howlin' Wolf and Billy Blue Bland. Exhibits are very interesting, and it's a worthwhile visit!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank John O
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour was excellent and in formative. Our guide Lydia was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Well worth the experience especially for lovers of the blues.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 802debm
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The studio tour was recommended during our tour of Graceland so we headed over on Saturday around 3:00 pm and it was completely sold out for the day. We decided to give it another try on Sunday and we got the 10:30 am tour. You...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited Sun Studio to see where Elvis and others got started. It was fun to see the memorabilia. Our private tour guide read his speech off an iPhone so that was a little off putting. Could you walk around without the private tour, yes.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank 880vickin
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lydia was an extremely knowledgeable & fun tour guide. The studio itself is small, but its full of interesting memorabilia. Walking into the actual studio you really feel the presence of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, BB King... Very entertaining. It would be wise to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank luvtarheelstate
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not a huge place but what great history! We were running around the city during the day, and we’re glad we made the last tour of the day. Plus they never made us feel rushed as they were closing. The on-site tour guide gave a...More

Thank etravelhome
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing tour by Lydia! She really brought you to understand the meaning of where you were, the full impact of this history of sun studios. She was very passionate and a great tour guide! Definitely book ahead of time because if not you will have...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank missy31279
Reviewed 3 days ago

AMAZING tour led by Lydia! Learned so much. Lydia really made this tour fun and memorable! A must go to when you visit Memphis!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Wolfden44
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a great time. Tour with Graham was interesting, informative and fun. A must do in Memphis. Graham is also quite the musician.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Sam G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent tour of the studio that birthed and started the careers of so many music pioneers (Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Ike Turner). Our tour guide Lydia was excellent in explaining the history of the studio and the impact...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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10 August 2019|
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Response from ChristineB2409 | Reviewed this property |
I agree, too much for one day. There’s a lot to see at Graceland, 3 hours or more. Depends where you’re staying too. Sun studio is in the centre of Memphis. We walked up from the Holiday Inn and got a local bus back.
Lisa S
2 June 2019|
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Response from JohnSB3 | Reviewed this property |
I agree. Note the comment about the stairs. It is a small place. There is not much moving about.
22 May 2019|
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Response from ChristineB2409 | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t , we just turned up. But they only take so many people at once so it probably wouldn’t hurt to book a time before you go.. We were lucky, it was a wet day and nit many people there.