Sun Studio Guided Tour

Sun Studio Guided Tour
706 Union Ave , at Marshall Street Memphis, TN 38103
1-800-987-9852  
Detail The guided tour is 45 minutes, but most people spend about 90 minutes looking around the studio.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
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Walk into the legacy of greatness when you step inside of Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, the location that birthed rock 'n' roll! Johnny Cash, Elvis Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and others launched their careers at this historic place. You will be able to tour the facility, hear the stories of these notable artists, and hear rare recording pieces!  Located in downtown Memphis, Sun Studio is the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark. This 45- guided tour will take you through the studio and your knowledgeable guide will be there to answer any questions that you may have. 

Sam Phillips opened the Sun Recording Studio on January 3, 1950; He had no way of knowing that his facility would be the first hub for Rock 'n' Roll.  Musicians of the 1950s fused country and blues to create a revolutionary and unique new sound. 

What You'll See

On the tour, you'll get to see some amazing artifacts. You will see Elvis Presley's microphone that was used to record is first song 'That's All Right' in 1954. Graceland has loaned the studio many other pieces that you'll get to see as well, some of which have never been seen before! Hear voices of the musicians that are still alive in this studio; feel the energy that was captured in these recordings. There are so many priceless artifacts from various legends! 

About the Artists Who Have Recorded at Sun Studio

In addition to Elvis Presley, other famous musicians have recorded here. Some of these include: 

  • BB King
  • Carl Lee Perkins
  • Ringo Starr
  • Def Leppard
  • Tom Petty
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • U2
  • Matchbox 20
Frequently Asked Questions for Sun Studio Guided Tour:
  • Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Sun Studio Guided Tour?
    The guided tour is 45 minutes but guests usually spend about 90 minutes at the studio.
  • What amenities are available?
    There is a gift shop.
  • Is photography & video recording allowed?
    Yes.
  • For what ages is Sun Studio Guided Tour appropriate?
    Children under 4 years of age are not allowed on the tour.
  • Is parking available at Sun Studio Guided Tour?
    There is free parking directly behind the building.
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Bruce Burdick
IL
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This was the highlight of the trip. It is a guided tour and the guide was absolutely top notch, really made the tour fun. What a great piece of nostalgia this studio is. I would highlight recommend the tour to anyone visiting memphis.
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Cathy
TN
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The tour guide was upbeat and well educated on the history of sun studio. He was a young guy with a great personality. I am so glad we could take pictures at least on one floor of the building. I love the cafe too and the people we met. The price of the tour was a great bargain. The free shuttle from graceland to sun studio was wonderful (they do accept tips). Thanks for making this a wonder -full mini vacation.
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Teresa Stewart
MO
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It was very cool to go to the exact place where some years before, great musicians & singers recorded their songs. The place is lined with pictures & instruments. We had an excellent tour guide & got to see the offices & actual recording studio where the songs were recorded. We were told of the technique of how the records were made, & there were period instruments & sound equipment aroumd the studio, with the places marked where peple stood to perform, such as jerry lee lewis, elvis presley, and johnny cash. The studio is still open to people who want to record there, too. Sun studio was definitely worth the trip!
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Martin Davis
Hastings, Hawkes Bay
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A great tour through history and the birth place of rock n roll. Informative tour guide. Highly recommended.
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