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.
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.
Address: 706 Union Avenue, Memphis 38103-3218, USA
Hours: Tours daily from 10am - 6pm
Admission: Adults: US$14, Children (5-11yrs): Free. Kids under 5 years old prohibited
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Memphis
A must-do experience in Memphis
, Jun 2020
My wife and I toured the Studio and had a wonderful time. There is a very comfortable mix of time left alone to view the exhibits on your own, and time when the Guide spoke and taught the group about the history and details of the studio since its inception.
, Jan 2020
What a wonderful experience, I was there Monday for the 10:30 tour, our tour guide she was amazing !! Will carry this with me forever ❤️🤗
Thrilled to have visited the home of so many of my favorite artists
, Dec 2019
Growing up as a teenager I knew all the lyrics of all the songs that came out of Sun Records. Such a thrill to visit where it all happened.
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Sun Studio
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!
Drive past the Mississippi River, grand Victorian homes, and cultural landmarks on this narrated tour of Memphis, which takes you beyond the city’s obvious sights. A tour of the legendary Sun Studios, where artists such as Johnnie Cash and Elvis Presley recorded their music is also included as is round-trip transportation from your downtown Memphis hotel.
Shake, rattle, and roll through Memphis on this guided musical bus tour. Local musicians lead the way on a fun-loving ride through the home of blues, 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 more. Upgrade to include admission to Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio in the world.
Explore the top attractions in Memphis on this 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. A Memphis hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this 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.
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.
Ride along with us on this 60 minute journey exploring the sites, sounds and locations that made Memphis famous in the backseat of a 1955 Chevy Bel Air! Memphis is known worldwide for its music heritage. On this tour, you will dive into the culture and history that back up that story. Downtown Memphis has it all! On a meteor tour, you will learn about how the blues began, see venues where soon-to-be legends like Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, B.B. King and many more got their start, take in views of the Mighty Mississippi, and even discover Memphis' most famous brothel. Whether you are a music fan or a history lover, Memphis has something for you. Hop in the 1955 Chevy Bel Air and let us show you Memphis, Tennessee! This itinerary include just a few of the highlights. There will be many other sites to see along the way!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Sun Studio hours of operation?
Sun Studio hours of operation: Tours daily from 10am - 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Should I book Sun Studio tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sun Studio can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Sun Studio tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Sun Studio 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Sun Studio costs USD 25.00. Guided Sun Studio tours start around USD 25.00 per person. See all 6 Sun Studio tickets and tours on Viator.
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