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Sun Studio

Tours daily from 10am - 6pm
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, 38103-3218

The Basics

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 Studio is especially famous for the Million-Dollar Quartet recording, performed by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Tour the studios with an advance-purchase ticket, during an excursion with transportation included, or in conjunction with other Memphis music-themed sights on a city sightseeing tour.

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Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
star-4.5
$32.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour of memphis
Sam was a great guide,you can tell he takes pride in what he does,great way to see the city,and what it has to ffer
Richard_F, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Memphis

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Over the top
PamelaA_R, Jul 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
Everything was excellent. Driver Frank? Was absolutely great/ excellent driving. Loved Graceland but Sun Studio was way more than I expected. Beale good to experience but covid interfered. Thank you!
star-4
vip graceland tour
ALLYSON_B, Oct 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
the Graceland & sun studio tours were the best. i would recommend skipping the memphis 2 hour stop for food or whatever. we didnt feel safe walking around the area of the hard rock cafe & beale st . by the time we left sun studios the majority of the bus group was ready for the 3 hour ride home most people on the tour ate at graceland the driver was very friendly & courteous, great tour guide
star-5
The Peabody Hotel and Sun...
Lori_K, Nov 2021
Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission
The Peabody Hotel and Sun Studio. Also got to see a lot of the city of Memphis. Sam, our tour guide was great! He was very informative and also added some humor. He made the whole tour experience very enjoyable. We ran into Sam again the next day and he made a point of coming over and saying hi to us. We even got our picture taken with Sam....Super nice guy!!!
star-5
Marvelous musical Memphis!
Denise_W, Oct 2021
Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission
Miss Michelle was very knowledgeable, professional and brought humor to her stories. We really appreciated Miss Michelle allowing us time to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Beale Street. Rum Boogie Cafe was a hit. The stop at Sun Studio was a very educational and moving experience. Our guide, the bass player, was the perfect person to share the history of this musical phenomenon. We really did feel Elvis’ presence!!!
star-5
Awesome tour!
Scott_B, Nov 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Michelle was awesome! Excellent tour, learned a lot about the history of Memphis! Strongly suggest the Sun Studio add-on it was super cool!
star-5
Taking care of business
Deborah_B, Oct 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
Wonderful day trip. Would highly recommend to Elvis fans. Jammed back day from going to Graceland then tour of Sun Studios ending the day exploring Abele St.
star-4
Great tour but limited due to covid
Christine_S, Oct 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Tour was great with Sam as a very knowledgeable helpful tour guide. Disappointed that we couldn’t get to some places because of covid. Also disappointed we couldn’t do the riverboat cruise which we were really looking forward to, because of construction & lack of a navigational ramp for my husband’s wheelchair. We were told we would get a refund for the riverboat but so far we haven’t heard from anyone with a refund.
star-5
Great trip are tour guide...
Jeffrey_M, Sep 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Great trip are tour guide Michele was really great lots of sites to see. Bus was clean and very comfortable
star-5
Half-day tour
Kristy_R, Aug 2021
Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission
Michelle was a great time! She made our tour!! Her knowledge and sense of humor was a wonderful made a great combo. Because of COVID restrictions we were a little worried it would be a little under whelming but our group was so fun and friendly it made it for the limited stops. I recommend Michelle highly if you get a chance to do this tour!
star-5
Downtown Memphis & Beale Street
Patricia_I, Nov 2021
Beale Street Private Tour with entrance to Sun Studio
It was raining & it was Thanksgiving so the streets were empty! Could still pick up the great vibe though
star-5
Sam was great
Kathy_S, Nov 2021
Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission
Sam was great tour guide. He was very informative. Very enjoyable. We learned a lot about Memphis. Very well known about Memphis
star-5
Great overview of Memphis, you will love it!
ALLISON_C, Oct 2021
Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission
Led by local tour guide, Sam, who obviously loves this city - you will tour the memorable parts of the city. A highlight is the Peabody Ducks and Sun Studio. Gave us the confidence to use the trolley system to eat at newfound bbq restaurants and a next day trip to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Music fans and those interested in Memphis music history won't want to miss Sun Studio.

  • Plan to spend one to two hours here for a tour and exhibition visit.

  • Check out the 1950s-style Sun Studio Soda Shop and Record Store for additional nostalgia or a souvenir.

  • 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 café and record stare are wheelchair-accessible.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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