Sun Studio
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
About
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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  • Matdog725
    Sparta, Wisconsin2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    Sun Studio was a great, nostalgic experience. It’s surreal to think about the talent that has come through that piece of history. It’s great to have a tour guide with the passion and appreciation for the building and history and that he works in. Thanks Drew for a great experience! The Mathison’s
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • BuffyNoelle
    Washington DC, District of Columbia27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go!!! even if you don’t have a rock n’ roll heart
    Fantastic tour with Lydia! My mom and I walked from our hotel downtown around 2:30 on a Monday. We took the 3:00 tour and had a soda while we waited. What an interesting place to visit! I would recommend this to everyone visiting Memphis. It’s hard to believe such a tiny space is the source of so much music history. I won’t spoil anything but you hear some first recordings and there is a hands on portion. Our tour guide Lydia was so passionate and knowledgeable! She was part of the preservation team that dismantled and recreated an entire radio studio in order to preserve the history. Everyone who works here is a lyricist at heart and it shows in the tours.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Sophia F
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of Rock n Roll
    I’ve been waiting to visit Sun Studio since I was a kid. As a huge Elvis & Cash fan, this was such an amazing experience for me. You can feel the presence of all the musical geniuses that have recorded here throughout the years. Aside from Elvis & Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Carl Perkins & even U2 recorded here which I didn’t know. I felt like a kid in a candy store especially having the chance to hold the very microphone that many of the artists used for their first recordings. I was dying LOL! Anyway, it was a really fun & thrilling experience for me. The studio also has a really great shop filled with cool souvenirs for you to purchase. I couldn’t leave without purchasing an original Sun Studio logo t-shirt. So if you’re ever in Memphis, make sure to squeeze in a visit to Sun Studio & ask for Josh H. He was an excellent tour guide. Very thorough & professional. You won’t regret it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Christos_T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always fun- the tour guides are always great!
    We’ve been to Sun Studios a few times over the years but this was easily one of the best tours we’ve had. While we certainly got use to the keynotes of the tour, each tour guide brings their own personality to the experience. While we’ve never had a “boring” tour guide, Josh Hurley was easily one of the best hosts I’ve ever seen there. My parents agreed, and they have been to Sun Studio way more than I have. Josh helped make my wife’s first experience there the absolute best!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • JRM
    135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience
    Visited here in early July and the tour was amazing. The original Studio is really only three rooms (a gift shop, cafe, and exhibit room were subsequently added), but the history contained in those rooms is remarkable. Our tour guide, Mark Stuart, was both very engaging and a fount of knowledge about the history of the studio, the life of Sam Phillips, and revealing stories about the many musicians who passed through the Studio during its 10-year heyday. The sense of history is palpable, especially in the actual recording studio which still contains the original acoustics. This is a must-see visit for anyone who loves music.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Maria G
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memphis Greatest
    Great experience, very informative and fun plus we got the history of so many other things besides Studio. Graham Wirchester was amazing and funny great on the piano. I would suggest if possible start at Johnny Cash home in Dyess Arkansas, Sun Studio then finish at Graceland. Full circle of the great things in Memphis.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • hinser
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is AWESOME!!! Just GO!
    As historic as the music scene is in Memphis, from Beale St to Graceland, we ADORED this musical gem the most! Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and U2 all recorded here. The tour is VERY well done with a guide who take you upstairs to talk about the history and beginnings of the Studio. Then you go downstairs into the actual recording studio. You see the places where Artists stood and strummed or drummed or crooned. You also get to hold the actual recording vocal mic that Elvis and Cash and all the other artists) used to record their hits including “That’s All Right” and “Walk the Line”. This place was AWESOME! Everyone in our family from 10 to 48 years old enjoyed the tour and the stories! I highly recommend Sun Studios!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Teresa H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great complement to your Graceland itinerary
    This was such a welcome and unexpected treat! We arrived and were told that the next tour was in 50 minutes. When we asked if the tour was necessary and were told "yes"...I'm so glad we decided to wait. The tour is amazing! Our guide, Drew, was professional, knowledgeable and made the tour amazing! He brought the history of Sun Studio to life! We learned so much and were amazed at the history occurred here at this historic location! This is "must see" when you visit Memphis.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Jan S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sun Studio, Memphis, TN.
    Great tour of Sun Studio in Memphis, TN! Graham Winchester is a knowledgeable, personable tour guide/musician that shared fun facts & his musical ability while delivering all the information & unknown happenings at Sun Studio! Thank you Graham!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Nick P
    Staten Island, New York428 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great music history, even for the non Elvis fan
    This is a brief tour, about 45 minutes, that takes you to two places in the studio. Fascinating stories around the beginnings of rock n roll. Also enjoyed the story of the Million Dollar Quartet. Get there on the hour. Their tours are on the half hour, but you'll want to be sure to get your ticket, then look around the entrance lobby. There's some good stuff there, too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Area seems sketchy with limited parking behind the building. They are taking temps for Covid, masks required and they're only letting a certain number of people inside at a time. The cashier was delightful. Mark was our tour guide. The tour was very enjoyable. Kids on the tour seemed incredibly bored though. They don't care about Elvis or the other greats. Neat standing in the same spot where such famous musicians recorded music.
Written July 8, 2020
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Brian F
Goffstown, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The tour is a lot of narration about the history of Sun studios, combined with music samples etc. They have a lot of artifacts upstairs but of course the studio is the main event. Unlike the sound stage version in another museum, you get to go in and walk around and spend time in the actual original studio while you hear more history. Overall a great time.
Written March 4, 2020
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Cindy S
Woodruff, WI11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Our tour guide, Mark, being a musician himself, added enthusiasm to his presentation of Sam Phillips story and the story of the greats who came to be recorded to make what we now know as Rock & Roll. The stars aligned in Memphis where black and white came together to make music history. It could not have happened anywhere else; Sun Studio...see it and experience the music!
Written March 16, 2020
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zann44
Washington, DC21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited Sun Studio while in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, so our particular tour was full of like-minded folks. Our guide, the personable and talented Lydia, was knowledgeable and managed the capacity crowd with ease and humor. We were surprised by how much we learned on the tour, especially about Sam Phillips’ foresight and good fortune in connecting with the young Elvis Presley. The shuttle bus back to Beale Street was an added bonus.
Written February 2, 2020
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Amy N
Westminster, CO58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We visited Sun Studios because you can’t go to Memphis without seeing all things Elvis! The tour was $14 and you don’t need a reservation. Tours begin about every 45 minutes. The front of the studio has an old style soda fountain and gift shop. Once on the tour a tour guide explained the rooms and the memorabilia. It is a very small place. Parking is tricky. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and there is minimal walking. However there are stairs so if you can’t do stairs you may need to ask about any accommodations they can make. I enjoyed the history and seeing it for myself. It was worth the money but I wouldn’t do it a second time as we saw everything it had to offer.
Written March 1, 2020
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Linda H
25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Enjoyed seeing the very first place Elvis recorded a song. They have an upstairs display of the history of Sun Records. No elevator however & stairs are steep. Downstairs is the gift shop & famous actual recording area. Tours every 30 min Was $15.00 a person April of 2021.
Written May 7, 2021
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Dave T
Huntington Beach, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Our visit to the legendary Sun Studios was literally a walk back in time. Our guide Drew was a wealth of knowledge and his passion for the subject matter really showed. Throughout the tour, Drew would play songs that correlated with the artifacts and his descriptions helped bring you back to each time period. Standing in the footsteps of so many musical legends gave me goose bumps. This tour was a great warm up for Graceland, which we visited the next day. Tour was about 45 minutes and we were able to buy tickets without reservations. The kicker for me was my 17 year old son (who can be hard to impress) said the tour was “epic” and that made it all worth while. He even bought a souvenir shirt.😉👍🏽
Written June 24, 2022
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Tom R
Kitchener, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Sun Studios was the final tour we did in our eight loop of Memphis, Alabama, Chattanooga and Nashville and it was great way to end the trip. The studio had a great vibe and our guide, Graham, brought the stories and history to life with enthusiasm, recorded music and some Memphis boogie woogie. We left we big smiles and chills from the history of early days of rock and Elvis to U2 and Mick . this place had a great vibe. thank you Graham!
Written March 14, 2020
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Doug W
Wembley, UK1,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This small studio, located about 15 minutes walk from the Peabody in Memphis is unquestionably the most important place in the creation of the music of the second half of the 20th century and is still very relevant to much of the music played today. Owned and run by a white record producer who's taste for the sound of the blues and the rhythms of black artists helped him to first find and record local artists. Some of who like B.B. King, Howling Wolf and Rufus Thomas went on later to become household names in their own right. This taste also then led him to search for white artists who could also play in an similar vein. That search led to the discovery and launching of the careers of some of the biggest stars of the music that became known as rock & roll. Most notably, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
The studio is itself is quite small and it now has a dedicated museum on the first floor, and the entrance which was originally a restaurant. Once inside tickets can be bought on the day and there is now has a bar for refreshments , plus an area where people can wait in the friendly and pleasant atmosphere for the guided tours that take place and last about 45 minutes or so. The group size for each tour is about 20 and they are very informative, as the story of the record company and the people involved is narrated. If you have any experience of the music of that era you cannot fail to be moved by the awesome experience of being at the heart of where it all began.
Written August 2, 2022
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Lisa B
Mechanicsville, VA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Not me! We learned so much on this tour about the history of the studio and the incredible stories of what has happened in Memphis. We were highly impressed with this tour. Our tour guide Graham was fantastic. He obviously loves what he’s doing and it shows. His knowledge is deep and piano skills amazing (he played for us during the tour). He spent time talking with visitors after the tour and made everyone feel so welcomed. The studio opens at 10:00 but the first tour starts at 10:30. It sold out quickly so I would suggest you arrive at 10:00 or a few minutes after if you want the first tour.
Written April 7, 2021
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