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Sun Studio Tour

Stand amidst the legacy of greatness when you visit Sun Studio, the location where rock 'n' roll was born when artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others blazed musical trails. When Sam Phillips opened the Sun Recording Studio in 1950, he probably never guessed at the worldwide impact his business venture would produce. He could not have known that his recording studio would be the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, as cutting edge musicians of the 1950s fused Blues and Country to create a unique and revolutionary new sound. Located in downtown Memphis, Sun Studio, the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark, showcases rare memorabilia and original historic recording cuts.

On display is Elvis Presley's microphone used in 1954 when he recorded his first song, "That's All Right." Now, Sun Studio is displaying studio artifacts never seen before, as well as pieces on loan from the Presley Estate, Graceland. After a tour of the studio, visitors may enjoy refreshments or pick up a souvenir in the 50s-style Sun Studio Soda Shop and Record Store. Sun Studio's important musical heritage and collection of one-of-a-kind memorabilia make it an unforgettable stop for visitors to Memphis.

In addition to Elvis Presley, other famous musicians got their start at Sun Studio, including Johnny Cash, BB King, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. The special historic significance of Sun Studio among modern rock ‘n' rollers is evident, as today's musicians still come to this world famous site to make recordings. Such musical artists as Ringo Starr, Def Leppard, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, U2 and Matchbox 20 have all recorded songs here.


  • Hours of Operation Hours: Daily from 10:00AM - 6:15PM.

  • Tours are given at half past each hour from 10:30AM - 5:30PM

  • Duration: 45 minutes

  • Handicap Accessible: Partially - Only the Café & 2nd half of the tour


  • There is a snack shop and gift shop located onsite.


  • Children 4 and under are not allowed on the tour.


  • There is free parking onsite.


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Location: Memphis, TN
Contact Information: 706 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103

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