Graceland

Graceland, Memphis: Hours, Address, Graceland Reviews: 4.5/5

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, is the home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley's Graceland is open daily with tours of Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ custom jets and our new entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The complex includes a new automobile museum, Presley Motors, and Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, the world’s largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world, as well as many more exhibits, restaurants and shops. The tour of Graceland Mansion features an interactive, iPad tour with additional enhancements including photos, video and more. Continue your experience with the all-new Graceland Exhibition Center, which features three rotating exhibits, the TCB Food Hall and Jungle Room Bar.
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX989 contributions
Couples
There are several types of tours you can choose from so we chose the Elvis Experience tour which ran about $77 per person...this was the cheapest tour that includes the house! I was amazed at just how big this place is. I was thinking I was going to come see his house, spend about an hour touring it, and leave. I was SO wrong! There is so much to see and do here that we ended up spending half a day!

For the first part of the tour (the house tour) we were put on a shuttle bus with iPads and headphones. We listen to the audio tour as we walk ourselves through the house. I thought they were social distancing people in the house but it was extremely crowded! I ended up going faster than I should to try to get away from the crowds. I'm sure I missed something! You get to tour the street level of the house and the lower level but the upstairs is kept private. We were also able to see his grave which I didn't expect.

After the house tour you are taken back to the museum to tour through many different sections that are all different. The best for me was the cars. He had more than I thought! Going through all the museum exhibits will take the longest so plan to spend the most time here. We absolutely loved this part and took our time seeing everything. There is also a Cafe on site that sells Elvis' favorite sandwich...fried peanut butter and banana! It's actually quite delicious. Don't forget to walk over and see his 2 planes as you can tour them as well. They are a little distance away and can be forgotten about. We wanted to have some ice cream but the little shop wasn't open yet and it was after 12....so we left. Overall we had an amazing time and I would love to visit again in the future!
Written May 31, 2022
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travelbrat
Carmel, IN29 contributions
This was an enjoyable experience and I am glad I saw it but it was not what I was expecting. Based on things I read I was expecting something grand but it was not as grand as I had imagined. Now granted, Elvis and his family did live in the house so that's understandable. We purchased the $75 ticket option. This included Elvis Presley's Memphis which is just the exhibits that have all of his cars, records, jump suits, and behind the scenes tour from where they shot the Sun Records TV show as well as the Mansion Tour. Since tickets were pricy we decided to take our time with seeing things and ended up spending all day there. I would recommend buying tickets in advance as you are given a specific time for your mansion tour and early times do fill up quick. We got there around 9:15 which is shortly after it opens and the earliest mansion tour we could get was 11:45. This worked out well as it gave us time to see some of the other exhibits first. After we got our tickets it was a little chaotic as there were a lot of people and we were not sure how to get to some of the exhibits. We were able to figure it out. Now, when you do go on your mansion tour there is some waiting involved. They put you in a line to watch this short video and then after that is finished they put you in a line to get on a bus. The Mansion is across the street from the ticket office and Elvis Presley's Memphis so you do have to wait for a bus from time to time. The waiting was not too terrible but I had just been on my feet all day the day prior so standing on hard ground was not the most fun thing to do. The Mansion does not have any plaques or anything to tell you about the exhibit since the house is still used by Elvis's remaining family members from time to time. They do give you a set of headphones and an IPad for the audio tour. This was fine except the audio was really the only thing I needed. I did not like having the pictures on the IPad to go along with it. The audio was also a little faster than the tour was moving so I often had to pause it. It was a good experience and I am glad I spent the money to see it.
Written June 21, 2021
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Jill M
King Of Prussia4 contributions
Absolutely loved our tour of the mansion. We splurged for the Ultimate VIP Tour, which included a private tour guide, access to more Elvis artifacts, and a meal at Vernon's Smokehouse. Our tour guide was wonderful and full of knowledge. In addition to the 3-hour tour, we also had access to self-guided tours in the Exhibition Center across the street. I highly recommend blocking off your whole day to spend at Graceland. My favorite part of the exhibition was the museum that houses Elvis' jumpsuits. Absolutely amazing!! I only wish the Mansion was open later than 4:30pm and Exhibition Center later than 5:30pm.
Written July 2, 2022
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Harrison S
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$77 per person is exceptionally overpriced for what the experience bought us. It also felt exploitative knowing there was a cheaper ticket option at $48 per person, which granted access to the rest of the attraction, except the mansion, which of course is the main part people come to see.

The whole route of the tour is rigid, with no flexibility. We were forced to queue for 2 hours at the start to see a 7 minute film that says nothing of substance about Elvis, which is very disappointing when compared to the efforts made by other attractions in Memphis with their introduction films.

After the film, we then had to wait further for a shuttle bus to arrive at the exhibition centre to pick us up and drop us at the mansion. No walking to the mansion is allowed, even though it is only a road crossing away. The only way back out the mansion is also via the shuttle bus, so we could not leave the premises until a new bus had arrived. It felt unnecessary and only added to the queue fatigue.

When we finally got to the mansion, it was a great attraction to see, but the presentation again was an over the top hassle. The tour was conducted via an iPad (which everyone was provided with whilst waiting for the shuttle bus). The iPad was clunky to use and only showed a picture of the same room we were stood in, and whilst John Stamos directing was a nice touch, it felt like a gimmick.

Overall, it seemed like the steep price of the tickets only bought gimmicks that added nothing to the experience. This would have been a pleasant experience if it weren't for the price and the waiting times.
Written March 30, 2022
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Doug W
Wembley, UK728 contributions
Graceland is a few miles outside Memphis and so transport has to be arranged and also in our case ticket confirmation and collection. All of this we managed to do through the front desk of our hotel, the Peabody. After a 15 to 20 minute taxi journey we arrived and because of our confirmation the day before we were able to skip the line and pick up our VIP tickets. After a short wait we then joined a group of about a dozen others and were ferried the short distance to the mansion in a minibus. We were equipped with tablets and headphones and were then admitted through the front door into Graceland.
That was where the VIP experience quickly disappeared as we found ourselves in a pretty crowded house mingling with all the other tourists who were inside. Needless to say, our group soon disintegrated as we followed the route through the buildings. Inside it was quite interesting although not exceptional looking at the mostly 1970's and 80's furnishings and it was a bit of a relief to go outside and see the quite nice grounds and the contents of other buildings there. Overall our impression of the house was that although it contained plenty of nice furniture and artefacts, it was a little underwhelming . The house was a little smaller than we expected, the front is white wide but is not very deep. On the ground floor it is mostly family living and there is also his mothers bedroom. The rooms are all roped off so can only be view as you pass along through the building. There are some of Elvis's more personally dedicated rooms in the basement like the pool and TV room but no one is allowed to go to the upstairs bedrooms.
Presley bought the house to live in with his parents in the 1950's and after his mother's early death remained there. I can see why he never moved and except perhaps for the decor it changed very little, as the whole of their family life was built around it.
At the end of the home visit the members of our group did slowly re-gather and we were picked up and taken back to the front entrance buildings. When there we then individually toured the motor cars and bikes etc museum, after which a we had bite to eat in Gladys' diner.
Finally we found out where his aeroplanes were located, a visit to which was included in our tickets. We took the short stroll there and spent fifteen minutes or so looking around to two jets. After that we made our way back to the park entrance where we stopped an empty cab that was leaving and bargained the fare back to the Peabody with the driver.
Fixing the fare is necessary as these cabs do not seem to have their meters running.
Written August 6, 2022
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Rush
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If you are in a wheelchair, you will not get to see the entire house. The "guide" person is leading the "pack" through the house, so if you're in the rear, you will not be able to hear.
The tour is "rushed" so questions cannot be answered and you will not have time to inspect the pictures and documents toughly. The cost of tickets are EXTREMELY expensive. My party of 2 seniors with only a 6% discount and another adult at full price was $236.
I suggest you watch the tour on YouTube and save your time and money.
Written May 31, 2022
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Jon9344
Workington, UK240 contributions
Couples
Not really an Elvis Fan to be honest but we were passing through and thought we should take the opportunity to visit Graceland. We took an Elvis experience tour with planes to make sure we seen enough of the mansion and everything else that the tour has to offer.
We visited the planes first which was actually pretty cool, no queue at all so we walked right onto the private jet and the larger jet. Really good experience.
We then tried to figure out where we needed to go to join the main tour of the mansion. We met a lovely chap who was enthusiastically sorting out headphones on an information desk, he was so happy in his work that it filled us so full of confidence for the tour. (I would guess that there is more life in a morgue to be honest)
We were ushered to into a queue for the theatre… before moving into watch a short film, which to be fair was pretty good. The young lad who Introduced the film was quite possible the most disinterested person I’ve ever seen, slow monotone voice like it was interrupting his day, churning out words like it was torture.
Are all the staff like this we asked ourselves?!
Onto the bus to the mansion, little speel at the mansion end to make sure we don’t film, flash photography or take any drinks in, not even water. Then the sausage machine really starts, crammed through the door, encouraged to keep moving to free up space, make sure you move all the way to the gold rope we are told, quick picture while several people stand on your toe or invade your personal space. Granted it got a little easier as the tour moved on but initially I just wanted to leave, even the staff commented on how people keep getting sent upto them for the tour and they can’t handle the numbers.
Moving through the tour, the staff also appeared disinterested and either playing on their phones or talking to each other. It’s such a shame, this place deserves the respect as it has so much history. The mansion and grounds are excellent, really well preserved, lots of Interesting exhibits and artefacts to see.
Pleased we spent the time and money to see it but really disappointed that the feeling I have is we were just cash cows in a money making machine.
Written July 22, 2022
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Yolanda E
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Family
Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex
I took my family on a getaway to Memphis last week.
We toured the complex and had a lot of fun
Loved the interactive stuff, too bad only 3 out of about 12 e-mails came through from everything we did. All the other e-mails received from Graceland that was supposed to have the pictures and videos were blank e-mails with no content.
Gladys’ diner now only opens Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. For the rest of the week your only restaurant option is Vernon’s BBQ. Minnie Mae’s is still empty except for one counter where you can get an ice cream or milkshake. No more candy it seems like. The Souvenir store across from Minnie Mae’s is still closed so you have only one store where you can shop unless you buy a $47 ticket for the complex tour to shop at the stores by the museums. There still seems to be a staff shortage. It is unfortunate for any Elvis fan but especially people that come here on a once in a lifetime trip to pay all that money and only get a part of the experience.
Written July 3, 2022
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA458 contributions
I am not a big fan of Elvis but my wife and I ended up spending 3.5 hours here today and we loved it. If you go consider:
1. Google maps directs you to Graceland but you actually want to park on the south side of Elvis Presley boulevard. Parking costs 10.
2. You enter the ticket complex with it’s 4 eating options and 9 different Elvis pavilions/museums, each with their own gift shop.
3. A ticket to both visit the mansion and visit the museum/pavilions costs $77 with higher priced ticket options if you want.
4. When you buy a ticket you will be given a mansion tour time.
5. When the mansion tour occurs you will be taken by tram to the mansion and given and audio guide so you can do a self tour.
6. The tour starts and ends back at the museum/pavilion/ticket area. You can spend all the time you want in the pavilion area until closing.
7. The Elvis Guest house accommodation is next to the mansion and appears to have several hundred rooms should you want to stay overnight there.
8. When we were there one two of the four eating options were open and in one case they were running out of food to buy. Plan accordingly.
Written March 21, 2022
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Keith C
Girard, OH4 contributions
This was so much more than I thought it would be. We paid for the Elvis Experience which was access to the mansion and to his planes. You also have complete access to the museums across the street from the mansion.

We got our ticket at the will call window at the visitors center across the street from the mansion. We saw a short film about Elvis and then were taken by shuttle across the street for out tour. You are given a small ipad with headphones where each room and section of the mansion is described. John Stamos narrates the tour. You move through at your own pace. There are different things to look at and read along the way. You only have access to the downstairs, basement, and out buildings as will as the grave sites.

When you are done a shuttle takes you back across the street where you can see the planes and also see an area where you can eat and visit a number of Elvis oriented exhibits.

We spent over three hours there and for the $70+ dollars per ticket it is a great value. Make sure you use the available military and/or AAA discount when buying your tickets online.

I'd suggest buying the tickets online before you go so you avoid longer lines and can get a start when you want. They are non-refundable if you buy online.
Written July 20, 2022
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