Sun Studio

Sun Studio, Memphis: Hours, Address, Sun Studio Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
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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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Doug W
Wembley, UK728 contributions
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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Dave T
Huntington Beach, CA1 contribution
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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Rochelle, IL883 contributions
We dropped into Memphis to visit the Graceland Shrine (and make no mistake, it is one) and Sun Studio, where it all seems to have began.

We walked over from our hotel. It was a solid mile, but a comfortable walk.

The place is air conditioned. You sign up for your tour, and a tour guide will take you through the building on what was an impressively informative tour. (Don't forget to tip the tour guide at the end).

There are plenty of things to see, and buy. They have soft drinks behind the counter for sale, and records that you can buy that are as expensive as they are rare.

If you go to Memphis, you simply have to stop here. It's a must-do.
Written August 5, 2021
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Sara M
Denver, Colorado26 contributions
We arrived into Memphis on Saturday of Labor Day weekend approximately noon and went straight to Sun Studios to buy our tour tickets. We were able to purchase 3 tickets for the 4:30 tour though they did have tickets for an earlier time if we had wanted. You can only get tickets in person so make it your first stop and plan everything else around it. Lydia (I hope I have her name correct) was exceptional! Knowledgeable and passionate about the history surrounding Sun Studios!!HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Written September 7, 2021
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Susan Camilla
Croydon, UK7 contributions
Family
A must on everyone’s list when on a pilgrimage to the birthplace of The Blues and the discovery of Elvis. Our host was knowledgable and engaging and bought the history of this iconic recording studio to life. Clasping my hands around the mic that recorded the voices of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis to hand just a few was a highlight. The studio itself is authentically 50s, you can almost touch and feel the past.
The studios are about 20mins walking distance outside of downtown Memphis, a tough call in 100F and there isn’t much to see on the way so take an Uber if money isn’t tight.
Written July 27, 2022
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Linda H
25 contributions
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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travelbrat
Carmel, IN29 contributions
This was such a fun experience but I would recommend getting there early, like as soon as they open. The studio is still being used to record music and is kind of small so they only allow 20 people on each tour. They normally do tours at the half hour mark (i.e. 10:30, 11:30, etc) however, since there were enough people there when they opened at 10:00 they did one at 10:00. Since we got there when they opened, we were able to get our tickets right away and our tour got started shortly after. Our tour guide was great! He was hilarious! I don't know his name but just that he went by tour guide due. He was very knowledgeable about everything and you could see his love of music come through as he was giving the tour. As he was giving the tour he played the songs that went along with each point on the tour. The last part of the tour is seeing the actual recording studio where greats such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, etch recorded. They have the mic that Elvis used to record his songs, Jerry Lee Lewis's Piano and U2's drum set. The best part is they let you take pictures with each of these! It was so fun to channel our inner rock stars for pictures! I would highly recommend making a stop here if you are in Memphis!
Written June 21, 2021
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Lisa B
Mechanicsville, VA145 contributions
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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Loraine F
4 contributions
Couples
This was a great tour! We got there around mid-day on a Thursday and got tickets right away. However, the tour group seemed pretty full. Our tour guide Lydia told a lot of interesting stories and played recordings of music from the artists she talked about.
Written June 24, 2022
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wanderwoman93
Oregon101 contributions
It's not a perfect museum - it's small and can get easily crowded and I wish there was more content. But to be IN THE STUDIO were so many greats recorded, it's worth it. I've been twice and I'm sure I'll go back.
Written August 14, 2022
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