Sun Studio Tours

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A veritable icon of music and a Memphis landmark, Sun Studio is known as the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In fact, the very first rock single, “Rocket 88,” was recorded here in 1951, when it was called the Memphis Recording Service. The former recording studio’s musical heritage—made famous thanks to the superstardom of artists such as Elvis and Johnny Cash—and collection of one-of-a-kind memorabilia makes for an unforgettable stop in Memphis.

The Basics
Die-hard music lover or not, it’s fascinating to take a guided tour of the famous recording studio’s headquarters and see where legendary performers like B.B. King and Roy Orbison laid down their first hit singles. Sun Studios is especially famous for the “Million-Dollar Quartet” recording of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins performing together. You can tour the studios with an advance-purchase ticket, with guided transportation, or in conjunction with other Memphis music-themed sights on a city sightseeing tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Music fans and those interested in Memphis music history will enjoy this spot most.
  • Plan on spending one to two hours here for a tour and visit to the exhibition.
  • Check out the 1950s-style Sun Studio Soda Shop and Record Store for additional nostalgia or a souvenir to take home.
  • Kids ages 5 to 11 years old can visit (with accompanying adult) free of charge. Kids under 5 are not allowed.
  • Entrance for guests with limited mobility is free given that half of the tour is not wheelchair-accessible.
  • The site’s first-floor cafe and record stare are wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Located right in downtown Memphis, Sun Studio is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. There is a free shuttle that runs between Sun Studio and Graceland, as well as the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, allowing you to visit some of Memphis’s key music-themed sights with ease. Parking is free.

When to Get There
Sun Studio is open daily from 10am to 6pm with guided tours offered every hour on the half hour. Crowds are lightest first thing in the morning.

Music Sites of Memphis
Sun Studio has been called one of the most significant musical history sites in the country, along with nearby Graceland—the former home of Elvis Presley. The Elvis-themed tours of the city are a must for hard-core fans, but for those seeking a more general tour of Memphis music, don’t miss Beale Street, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
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Address: 706 Union Avenue, Memphis 38103-3218, USA
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Hours: Tours daily from 10am - 6pm
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Admission: Adults: US$14, Children (5-11yrs): Free. Kids under 5 years old prohibited
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Sun Studio Guided Tour

When visiting Memphis, take a guided, 45-minute tour of Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll and the most famous recording studio in the world. Sun Studio is the very place where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless other superstar musicians launched their illustrious careers. Also there is a Sun Studio Rock Shop voucher included!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation

Leave the driving to your guide as you visit 3 historical attractions in the Memphis music scene. Head to Stax Records, Sun Studio and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Enjoy time to explore each landmark at your own pace, and walk in the footsteps of rock legends like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Tina Turner. Enjoy round trip transportation from your Memphis hotel for a fun and stress-free day.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Memphis Day Trip with VIP Access to Graceland from Nashville

Explore Memphis, with VIP access to Graceland, during this 15-hour day trip from Nashville. See the home of Elvis Presley, aka the King, and take a guided 1-hour tour of Sun Studios. With round-trip hotel transportation included, you can skip the bother of renting a car and relax on the journey there and back.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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Memphis City Tour with Optional Graceland Admission

Explore the top attractions in Memphis on this narrated, 3-hour sightseeing tour along the Mississippi River. See landmark locations like the Memphis Pyramid, now a Bass Pro Shops “megastore” with shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley and an archery range; the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and much more. Upgrade to include entry to Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley. A Memphis hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Memphis Mojo Music Bus Tour

Shake, rattle and roll through Memphis on this guided, 90-minute musical bus tour around the home of the blues. Local musicians lead the way on a fun-loving ride through musical Memphis, complete with live music and tambourines, shakers and bongos for all to enjoy. Visit historic Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, plus Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel and much more. Upgrade to include admission to Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll and the most famous recording studio in the world.
  • Duration: 1.5 to 3 hrs
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Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass

Get to know the musical history of Memphis with this comprehensive Music Attraction Discount Pass. Enjoy admission to four of the most popular Memphis attractions: Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley; the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of American soul music; the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum and Sun Studio, a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips that’s well known as the birthplace of rock and roll. Your Viator voucher "must be exchanged for printed passes" prior or you may not be let into attraction. All ticket details for voucher redemption are explained on voucher.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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City of Memphis Tour

First-time visitors to Memphis appreciate this overview driving tour of the city's key sights. Choose from morning or afternoon departures to see the city's Victorian homes, Beale Street, and Graceland, among other attractions. Stop to visit the famous ducks that make their home at the Peabody Hotel. Round-trip transport from and to your hotel (most mid-south properties) is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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