Sun Studio
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:15 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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  • Jessica K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour guide: Lydia!
    Touring the Sun Studio was our absolute favorite part of our trip! Lydia was an incredible tour guide with lots of energy and passion to share with others about the beautiful history of this special place. We highly recommend a visit, and ask for Lydia!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Paul R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sun Studio tour in Memphis where Elvis Pressly Recorded his first record
    Sun Studio has a remarkable amount of music history behind its small, simple exterior. It has a small museum above the recording studio filled with music history memorabilia for blues, jazz and early rock musicians. Our Tour Guide Mark Stuart did a fabulous job bringing to life the history of Elvis's discovery by Sam Phillips and his debut on a local radio station. We were provided a photo op to stand on the spot where Elvis recorded his first song. People were very energized at the end of the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Jo H
    Kapaa, Hawaii5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour we’ve had in Nashville or Memphis!
    Lydia led an excellent tour filled with detailed relevant historical stories telling about Sam, his business and early clients. Best museum experience since arriving in Memphis yesterday. Loved the photos displayed and especially the recordings she played!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Joshua R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Josh H was our tour guide, he was fantastic. Our family is huge music fans, we traveled from California just for experiences like this and it did not disappoint . The whole tour was amazing and Josh outdid himself. Thanks Josh for making this important part of history come to life. I absolutely recommend Sun Studio.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Melissa V
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sun Studio and Lydia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Lydia…..our guide, was AWESOME!!! The exhibits are well done, interesting and nostalgic. The studio was wonderful too! But the best part of the experience was the information Lydia shared…she was polite, enthusiastic, funny and knew her stuff!!!! Great experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Patricia L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lydia, the best tour guide!
    Amazing place and amazing tour. Lydia shared so much detail in the stories about the what was created and continues to be created here…music, magical and transcendent. Lydia shared her energy and love of the music, was detailed with her over 15 years of working there.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • cthemome
    York, Pennsylvania156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History in the making
    This by far was my husband’s favorite thing we did on our 2week vacation. Our tour guide Graham was fantastic, he’s so knowledgeable about the history of the studio & entertaining. To be in the room where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins & Jerry Lee Lewis jammed together was so cool. Plus all the other greats who recorded there. Don’t pass it up.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Linda L
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing tour with every dollar.
    We had the most amazing tour!! Our tour guide Lydia was incredible - her knowledge of every part of Sun Studio impressed us. If we ever come back to Memphis we will definitely return to Sun Studio 👍👍♥️♥️
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Jean C
    New York43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oh, what history!
    Very interesting. Tour guide was great. Small place but the amount of history in that one place is amazing. Exhibit done well. We got to hear the music that the guide was talking about. At the end of the tour the guide hung out so people could ask questions.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Sun Studio Memphis
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Historic Recording Studio Tour
    Probably the best guided tour we have ever had!! Lydia has a wealth of recording history knowledge as a recording engineer herself and 15 years leading tours at Sun Studio. Brilliant original recordings of so many top performers that got their start there. Memorabilia galore in their exhibits. Don't miss when in Memphis.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
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Dale B
Huntley, IL60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This tour was extraordinary!! If you’re a fan of Rock and Roll & Delta blues history and music, this is a must see. Lydia, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, passionate, and entertaining. After our day at Graceland the day before, the Sun Records visit was a wonderful connection to many others’ music of the era. Do stop in. $20 each.
Written 12 June 2024
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WILL S
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Jun 2024 • Couples
What an amazing experience, Lydia was fantastic and knew her stuff. Really enjoyable tour, would recommend to anyone.
Written 12 June 2024
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Marc A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I made a point of stopping by the legendary Sun on my brief visit to Memphis. The tour was very enjoyable and informative and the memorabilia was incredible. The staff - Graham, George (my tour guide), Lisa and Liz - were so friendly and warm. I’ll definitely be stopping by again on my next visit!
Highly recommended.
Written 10 June 2024
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Taildragger7W
Chicago49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
What a great tour. Our tour guide, Graham, made the studio come alive. I know he does many tours per day, but it really seemed like he likes the job and it wasn’t a canned speech. It also wasn’t full of dumb puns that many guides resort to in order to keep the tour interesting.

The hi story here is amazing and real, and Graham made it come alive! Highly recommend!!!
Written 10 June 2024
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Fred P
Congress, AZ19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The tour was fantastic and so was our tour guide Lydia!! After going to Graceland the day before, this tour brings it all together. Lydia was so knowledgeable and really good at bringing you back to when it all started. This is by far the best tour in Memphis!
Written 8 June 2024
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Megan G
Farmer City14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Josh Hurley was our tour guide, he was amazing, energetic, knowledgeable and Rockin’!! We loved all of the amazing artifacts and how the integrity of the history has been kept intact! Great experience!!
Written 8 June 2024
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Jeannettemaffei
Baltimore13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Fantastic experience! Being a lover of all genres of music , I appreciated Krista’s enthusiasm for music and her knowledge of the history of Sun records and all the talent that became successful in the studio! Thank you Krista and Sun Records!
Written 4 June 2024
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Paradise631333
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Sun Studios tour was fantastic! Josh H. was our guide and he did an incredible job of bringing the history of Sun Studios to life! The tour was fun, informative and there was plenty of time at the end for the guests to take their own time for pictures or just to take it all in. Highly recommend!!
Written 4 June 2024
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BrettOz43
Melbourne, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
I have always wanted to see where so much amazing music was recorded from Johnny Cash to U2, nearly all of my favourite music was recorded here.
Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to do a tour of the actual studio due to time constraints, I plan on making another trip.
Written 3 June 2024
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Ronald T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Graham, our tour guide was fantastic. His wealth of knowledge was very deep as he explained the exhibits and memorabilia house there . You felt as if you were there to experience the unknown musicians out to make their mark on the world,
Written 1 June 2024
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