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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  • Jan S
    South Ockendon, United Kingdom173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    The Sun Studio tour was great with Brad as our guide and he certainly knew his stuff! The tour was really interesting with lots of things to see and at the end you got to take photos at the piano that the Million Dollar Quartet had used and also a microphone. Well worth a visit whilst in Memphis.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Randy T
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best tour experiences I had the pleasure of being a part of. THANK YOU DARRAH you were amazing..
    By far one of the best tours I have done on this vacation. Did the RCA tour, the Johnny Cash tour, the country music hall of fame , and many others in a short time span. But none compare to the energetic, vibrant Ms. DARRAH. she filled the room with energy, excitement she was very informational and welcomed you into her story with ease and made you feel like you were living the experiences she was telling. She was knowledgeable, passionate, and inviting, and she made you feel comfortable in participating and interacting with the group. She sang we danced we laughed we learned new things. Even tho she had just started at Sun Records tour just a few months already, in my opinion, one of the best tour guides and lucky to have her... THANK YOU DARRAH, and sun records for a great memory.....
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Eileen Y
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun girl trip
    Loved our 4 day trip to see elvis. Beal street. Ate at B B kings and hard rock. Great food. Ride trolley all day went to bass pro.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Liza
    Sheffield, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience
    What an amazing experience we had on this tour. Our guide Mark was amazing, funny, enthusiastic and so knowledgeable he really brought it to life. I had shivers and tears it was such an emotional experience and great value for money. Would highly recommend and the gift shop was also very reasonable.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Jessica K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour guide: Lydia!
    Touring the Sun Studio was our absolute favorite part of our trip! Lydia was an incredible tour guide with lots of energy and passion to share with others about the beautiful history of this special place. We highly recommend a visit, and ask for Lydia!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Paul R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sun Studio tour in Memphis where Elvis Pressly Recorded his first record
    Sun Studio has a remarkable amount of music history behind its small, simple exterior. It has a small museum above the recording studio filled with music history memorabilia for blues, jazz and early rock musicians. Our Tour Guide Mark Stuart did a fabulous job bringing to life the history of Elvis's discovery by Sam Phillips and his debut on a local radio station. We were provided a photo op to stand on the spot where Elvis recorded his first song. People were very energized at the end of the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Jo H
    Kapaa, Hawaii5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour we’ve had in Nashville or Memphis!
    Lydia led an excellent tour filled with detailed relevant historical stories telling about Sam, his business and early clients. Best museum experience since arriving in Memphis yesterday. Loved the photos displayed and especially the recordings she played!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Joshua R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Josh H was our tour guide, he was fantastic. Our family is huge music fans, we traveled from California just for experiences like this and it did not disappoint . The whole tour was amazing and Josh outdid himself. Thanks Josh for making this important part of history come to life. I absolutely recommend Sun Studio.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Melissa V
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sun Studio and Lydia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Lydia…..our guide, was AWESOME!!! The exhibits are well done, interesting and nostalgic. The studio was wonderful too! But the best part of the experience was the information Lydia shared…she was polite, enthusiastic, funny and knew her stuff!!!! Great experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Patricia L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lydia, the best tour guide!
    Amazing place and amazing tour. Lydia shared so much detail in the stories about the what was created and continues to be created here…music, magical and transcendent. Lydia shared her energy and love of the music, was detailed with her over 15 years of working there.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 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, UK1,025 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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