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Sun Studio

706 Union Ave, Free Parking lot in the rear of the building, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
+1 901-521-0664
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Sun Studio Guided Tour
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US$ 94.00*
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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US$ 30.00*
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Memphis City Tour with Optional Graceland Admission
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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 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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706 Union Ave, Free Parking lot in the rear of the building, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
+1 901-521-0664
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

This is the one thing you have to see in Memphis! Very good and fun guide named Lana! Wauw what fun she is! You get a better feeling at Sun Studio's than at Graceland!

Thank John M
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Great tour, very informative and gal leading it was knowledgable. did a super job of relating historic info and keeping group interested. Learned so much. This is truly a historic site and so much info and items there to bring it to life today. Have...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Just a corner small location but loaded with past history. To know how the big guys got started and what the location looked like was just great. A must stop along with Graceland

Thank Jellybeandean
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This tour & guide was so good, he had me in tears: first of laughing and then of pure emotion. If you have any interest in the early days of rock & roll, then do not miss a visit to the legendary Sun Studio...

Thank Petrus H
Reviewed 22 September 2016

When you walk in, you can feel the ghost of Elvis, Johnny, Carl & Roy hanging out with Sam. From the "Million Dollar Quartet" picture on the wall to the numerous Sun Records for sale on the back wall, you can get transformed back to...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2016

History, music, and the Memphis vibe--the Sun Studio tour has it all. Set in the original Sun Studio building, one has a sense of awe walking where musical greats have recorded. Lahna, our guide, transports you back to the 1950s with a terrific wit and...More

Thank 145saran
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Had a great time when we visited Memphis and a real highlight was the trip to the legendary Sun studios. The venue was atmospheric and funky with lots of original features retained. People were exceptionally warm and friendly and the personal touch they provide on...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

What a great story with lots of history. And ofcourse The story about how Elvis started his musical career. The story was well told by guide Lahna with lots of humor and excitement. She did a great job. Thanks. An absolute must do!! Good story,...More

Thank Corretje71
Reviewed 22 September 2016

We've heard the stories and loved the opportunity to share the space. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bono have all recorded here

Thank K F
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable tour today with Tiffany as our guide. It is a small intimate space with only about 20 people per tour. Still used today as a recording studio. You can stand in the same places as the greats of music. Homage...More

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1 September 2017|
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Response from amazinggrace1969 | Reviewed this property |
I'm thinking the reasoning behind no children under 5 could be for several reasons. Sun Studios is extremely small. When we went it was very hard to move around in there. We had to wait for our tour to begin for a few... More
9 August 2017|
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Response from Jim P | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, making a recording wasn't an option on the tour. You would probably have to reserve the studio at a different time of the day because it is still used by artists to record.
Cindy M
15 July 2017|
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Response from Sylvia C | Reviewed this property |
The coffee shop is on the ground floor and the actual studio can be accessed thru a a door from the outside. The office and memorabilia are on an upper floor which probably is not wheelchair accessible.