Sun Studio

Sun Studio, Memphis: Hours, Address, Sun Studio Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
About
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 1950, this national Historic Landmark is where superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless others started their recording careers. Today, Sun Studio still serves as a recording studio in the evenings while hosting public tours during the daytime hours.
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Carlo
1 contribution
Sun Studio Tour
Sep 2021
Drew gave us an awesome tour. His expert knowledge of what happened at Sun Studio was an educational experience.
Written 16 September 2021
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Carla B
2 contributions
Experience the history of legendary musicians
Sep 2021
The guided tour is the only way to actually see Sun Studio, and it is well worth it! Lydia was an excellent guide, so knowledgable and personable, with great storytelling style. As a music person, she shares the stories of how the legendary figures (formerly music people) did it in their day, and that is a crucial component of this jaunt into American pop culture history. Not going to lie, I got emotional hearing about the magic that was created in the rooms the tour visits. What a great piece of history that is thoughtfully maintained and shared.
Written 10 September 2021
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Sheness B
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Spending our 27th wedding Anniversary at Sun Records
Sep 2021
Zoe Duran WAS FREAKING AWESOME! Her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for sun records , Sam Phillips and it’s artist is second to none. We are from Sam Phillips hometown Florence,Alabama and it was DEFINITELY worth the drive! It was our Anniversary and everyone was so nice to us. We will definitely be back and hope to see Zoey when we do❤️
Written 10 September 2021
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Eric S
6 contributions
Everyone should go!!
Sep 2021 • Couples
If I could change my review to a “ten” I would!
I have wanted to visit Sun Studio for years and it did not disappoint! To stand in the spot where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and other greats recorded was incredible. So many other moments on the tour will take your breath away too! Drew, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and stayed behind to answer all our questions too! We were lucky to have Drew as our guide!
Written 9 September 2021
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Mary
New Orleans, LA1 contribution
Wow!
Sep 2021 • Couples
I took a tour of the Sun Studio today with my boyfriend and absolutely loved it! It was amazing to be inside such a historic place. Our tour guide, Drew, was phenomenal. So friendly and informative! I would highly recommend doing this tour if you find yourself in Memphis.
Written 9 September 2021
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Ambassador293816
2 contributions
Awesome
Aug 2021
What a great piece of music history! A must see for any fan of rocknroll. Great displays and excellent job by host explaining the history of the company and studio
Written 8 September 2021
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nik h
4 contributions
In the footsteps of legends
Sep 2021 • Family
Sun Records was an amazing experience. I took the 11 a.m. guided tour on 8/5. Our tour guide was Zoey and she was funny, knowledgeable, and just fantastic. I heard music that I had never heard before. I stood in the same room as the legends of rock and blues AND I got to touch Elvis's microphone. Well worth the money.
Written 8 September 2021
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Sara M
Denver, Colorado26 contributions
A must when in Memphis!
Sep 2021
We arrived into Memphis on Saturday of Labor Day weekend approximately noon and went straight to Sun Studios to buy our tour tickets. We were able to purchase 3 tickets for the 4:30 tour though they did have tickets for an earlier time if we had wanted. You can only get tickets in person so make it your first stop and plan everything else around it. Lydia (I hope I have her name correct) was exceptional! Knowledgeable and passionate about the history surrounding Sun Studios!!HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Written 7 September 2021
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Michaelene2013
Dunedin, FL709 contributions
Such a cool place!
Aug 2021
To get to see the original joint where Elvis & Roy Orbison crooned their first hits & then some, ever so neat! Many stars were here, & the ever so cool tour guide Drew tells about 'em all. Some slept upstairs (Roy) where there used to be a motel type place, sooo many details hard to remember, lol. Drew shows a lotta original artifacts, "legendary Sun Studio" is right!
You get a AAA discount, & too bad we didn't know the bus route well enough, walked a looong way in the sun to get there. :D
Written 6 September 2021
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Julie M
1 contribution
Sun Studio
Sep 2021 • Family
Our guide was Zoe Duran. She was very knowledgeable and so fun! I’ve lived in Memphis all my life and learned so much about Memphis music.
Written 5 September 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
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