Sun Studio

Museum, Monument / Landmark, and Recording Studio
Midtown, Memphis
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  • Ron G.
    "Tour guides are fun & knowledgeable."(11 Tips)
    Honey M.
    "5 original microphones that Elvis"(7 Tips)
    Memphis Travel
    "... did you know the first rock 'n' roll song was recorded at Sun by Jackie Breston..."(3 Tips)
    Valerie D.
    "This is most fun tour and free shuttle from graceland"(3 Tips)
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  • Yaeka K.
    Yaeka KatsutaSeptember 14, 2014
    Do the tour! I recommend starting at Sun Studio before heading to any of the other music spots. Lays a solid foundation for everything else you will learn.
  • Erin K.
    Erin KlingbergSeptember 22, 2016
    Amazing place! Well worth the visit. Lana, the tour guide was fantastic and delivered the tour with so much information and humour! Chance to take a photo with Elvis's mic in the recording studio!
  • Bernd B.
    Bernd BrennerMarch 26, 2015
    Sun Studios offers a very short tour of their studios, but it is certainly worth it. You also have the ability to take amazing photos in the legendary studio with original equipment from the past.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LeighNovember 13, 2013
    Awesome tour, made more awesome by the guide, Jason. He really makes the tour; you can tell how passionate he is. (If you buy the tickets at the Memphis Visitors Center, they're a dollar cheaper.)
  • Honey M.
    Honey MooreOctober 15, 2014
    Fabulous chocolate shake & enthusiastic guide. Touching & taking pictures with one of the 5 original microphones that Elvis, Cash or ANY of the founders of rock-n-roll makes this tour invaluable.
  • Ron G.
    Ron GoodwyneJune 17, 2013
    If you see nothing g else in Memphis, see this. The sense of wonder & excitement being right where so many musical legends have recorded or even got their start. Tour guides are fun & knowledgeable.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RhodesSeptember 5, 2015
    It's probably been said in other tips but do the tour. Our guide was enthusiastic and funny and really seemed to be enjoying what he does. Always good to see and adds an extra dimension.
  • Duffy L.
    Duffy LaudickJuly 27, 2013
    Great history of the place given on the tour. Well worth the money and time. If you visit Graceland, there is a free shuttle from there to Sun Records and Rock n; Soul and back.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicFebruary 28, 2015
    Grab a drink and hang out at the counter before your tour. The staff is amazing and fun to talk to (most of them are in bands or produce or do other cool stuff).
  • Sam S.
    Sam SvitaAugust 4, 2015
    So much rich history. I loved this place. Some of the best American music of all time was recorded here. Touch elvis' mic and the killers piano.
  • Kelz H.
    Kelz HornMarch 6, 2015
    Great little tour! enthusiastic tour guide! learned a lot new things! Not too expensive. Not too long of a tour, only takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LAugust 12, 2014
    So cool to see where Elvis spent time recording. They have a microphone he used that you can get your picture with. Still an active recording studio. So much history!
  • Mallori B.
    Mallori BattiestMarch 22, 2014
    I honestly think I liked this more than Graceland. Just hearing the AMAZING history that has come through those doors is well worth the tour!
  • Kerry C.
    Kerry CrawfordNovember 15, 2011
    Sun Studio is one Memphis' coolest, most fun museums. It's only $12 per person, tours last less than an hour, and all of the guides are local musicians.
  • Pet S.
    Pet SAugust 21, 2012
    Great enthusiastic young tour guides, cool gift shop & a soda counter. Good value for $12pp (although the tour could be a little longer).
  • Justin H.
    Justin HanenbergAugust 9, 2013
    Its worth the 10-12 bucks to see it. The guides are fun and knowledgeable. Its not a big place but has a lot of cool stories.
  • Steve "Gigs" .
    Steve "Gigs" 🐧February 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Yes Memphis, that's THE Stanley Cup. I was proud to be able to bring it here in April of 2004. Drop a few beats and the puck!
  • Memphis Travel
    Memphis TravelJanuary 13, 2012
    Cash and the King made it popular, but did you know the first rock 'n' roll song was recorded at Sun by Jackie Breston and the Delta Cats in 1951? "Rocket 88" had Ike Turner on the keyboards.
  • Elvis H.
    Elvis HidalgoAugust 15, 2014
    The tour is definitely worth it! To understand the history of music that took place in the studio is pretty amazing!
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionMarch 22, 2014
    Usually hate tours, but this one was really, really good. The tour guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KoehlerDecember 20, 2013
    This place is awesome. The tour was done so well and standing in a room where so many legends once recorded was really powerful.
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyDecember 11, 2014
    Rock n roll un doğduğu bina deniliyor elvis presley johny cash carl perkins jerry lee lewis kayıtlarını burda yapmışlar. Kayıt odası muhafaza edilmiş. Turdaki görevli kadın çok başarılı akıcı
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 30, 2015
    Tour here is the best thing you can do in the city. If you like rock n' roll, this is the place!
  • Zach H.
    Zach HedrickJanuary 22, 2016
    Wow! A MUST do in Memphis. So much history in one building. Truly the birthplace of Rock music as we know today.
  • Diane W.
    Diane WilsonAugust 7, 2016
    Excellent place to visit while in Memphis. Incredible feeling to know you stood in the same place Elvis did.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYJuly 8, 2010
    This Studio opened on January 3rd, 1950 & was originally called the Memphis Recording Service. Elvis Presley recorded his first song here.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HealanFebruary 12, 2014
    wanted to make the experience more authentic but the tour guide refused to let me do cocaine off a prostitute's breast even if I provided my own cocaine.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SheaDecember 2, 2012
    Bring a baby with you...kids under 5 can't take the tour but they'll give you a company ticket for the baby and the adult that has to wait with the baby. So baby=free ticket!
  • The Criterion Collection
    Two Japanese tourists took a short, shuffling tour through the history of this legendary recording studio in Mystery Train, Jim Jarmusch's paean to the spirit of Memphis. Read more
  • Courtney P.
    Courtney PinkstonJune 27, 2011
    Tours are $12 for adults and it's definitely worth the money...one of Memphis' best landmarks!
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CanonicoDecember 30, 2015
    A bit small and short for the price, but the guides are so enthusiastic they make up for it.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MatkeJuly 8, 2015
    Truly awesome. Put it on your bucket list. I will remember it forever
  • Stephan S.
    Stephan SchmidtAugust 7, 2014
    Take the tour, those guys are really funny. And they sell Dr Pepper in Bottles!
  • Emily R.
    Emily RoeserApril 19, 2014
    Short but fun. Jake was a great and enthusiastic guide. He really knew his stuff.
  • Victoria B.
    Awesome place with lots of history. Great tour guides.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KureyJanuary 18, 2015
    Definitely stop by for a visit!
  • Chef Stacy L.
    Chef Stacy LaRocheApril 18, 2012
    It's silly to go and NOT take the tour. The tour is well worth the $$
  • Arpie M.
    Arpie McQueenMay 29, 2011
    Great music history and the opportunity to stand in the room where legends were born.
  • Liz C.
    Liz CroftDecember 24, 2015
    X marks the spot where Elvis started. Touch the microphone. Awesome.
  • Clinton P.
    Clinton PittmanMarch 23, 2013
    Sign up for the tour online so you don't arrive to find the next sold out. But it's probably only an hour wait if you do.
  • Valerie D.
    Valerie DJune 21, 2013
    This is most fun tour and free shuttle from graceland
  • Paul C.
    Paul Conlan2 weeks ago
    Wonderful experience...the tou was good too..
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherOctober 8, 2016
    Great tour. Liked it a lot more than Stax
  • Lori-Jo S.
    Lori-Jo SDecember 19, 2011
    U2 recorded "Angel of Harlem", "Love Rescue Me" and "When Love Comes to Town" for the album "Rattle & Hum" at Sun Studio
  • Gerardo V.
    Gerardo ValerdiMay 1, 2016
    Super cool for those music snobs and everyone, really.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KearneyOctober 14, 2011
    Pretty weak tour but a good guide. Eat a block a way at Trolly Stop Market after.
  • Jean-Paul G.
    Jean-Paul GodmaireAugust 13, 2014
    A piece of history that any music fan needs to experience
  • Jacki M.
    Jacki MyersJuly 11, 2011
    Take the free shuttle from the Rock n Soul Museum down by Beale Street.
  • Julie K.
    Julie KleinFebruary 15, 2012
    They have a shuttle that takes people back and forth to Beale Street!
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WellsSeptember 26
    So awesome, loved every minute of the tour ❤️.
  • Sergio T.
    Where Elvis 🕺🏾 started!
  • Luci S.
    Luci SmethurstMay 17, 2015
    Take the tour and soak in the atmosphere!
  • Brad F.
    Brad FAugust 15, 2014
    It a cool place & Great museum of the starting of Rock & Roll ;)
  • Raul P.
    Raul PMarch 28, 2012
    Ask for El Dorado for the tour... he's the best!
  • Brian a.
    Brian aussierockman1March 25, 2014
    Sam Phillips spent much of his time here creating music that changed the world forever.
  • Kerry C.
    Kerry CrawfordMarch 4, 2010
    While you're waiting for your tour to start, have a milkshake. They're really good. Read more
  • Mere W.
    Mere WatsonJuly 3, 2012
    Fun and knowledgable tour guides.
  • Dale R.
    Dale RooftimeMay 2, 2010
    Skip the 12 buck tour, the record guys in the back will show you around for FREE!
  • Tina M.
    Tina ManessFebruary 6, 2011
    Loved the tour. Well worth the 12 bucks.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Overpriced tiny tour, but you gotta pay your respects. Standing in this studio gave me goosebumps, all the history made here.
  • Memphis V.
    Memphis VicOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Sorry to spoil it folks, but it doesn't get better than this!
  • Adrian M.
    Adrian MoralesNovember 25, 2014
    All is good
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy SauerSeptember 22, 2011
    A must see for any elvis fan!
  • Ben H.
    Ben HoltNovember 28, 2010
    Do the tour it's worth it! Very exciting tour guide! Hehe
  • Mandy H.
    Mandy HoardJune 14, 2013
    Best milkshakes in Memphis!
  • Vicki S.
    Vicki ShankJanuary 7, 2016
    Tour guide incredible!
  • Inna
    InnaDecember 2, 2014
    Good old Memphis place...
  • Sally B.
    Sally BurnettJuly 21, 2012
    Truly hallowed ground!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CraneDecember 23, 2014
    Lana, our tour guide, was great.
  • Logan
    LoganJune 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best milkshakes in town
  • Michael K.
    Michael KlineJune 20, 2013
    Dig it freax
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroNovember 27, 2010
    Cash is King!
  • finnious f.
    finnious finniousNovember 19, 2009
    Go to Sun Studios and take the tour Read more
  • Antonio O.
    Antonio OrtegaJanuary 26, 2010
    Don't stand in the street to take pictures.
  • I Wanna M.
    I Wanna ManagementJanuary 6, 2014
    Impresionante! Descubres un montón de curiosidades y la guia se lo monta muy bien. El transfer desde beale es una perdida de tiempo. Compensa trasladarse hasta alli en coche.
  • Guilherme A.
    Guilherme AbreuJune 3, 2016
    Entretenimento, tour guiado, música, história.
  • Lydia E.
    Lydia EspaAguiMay 29, 2014
    ¡¡TIENES QUE PARARTE DONDE ELVIS GRABABA, EXPERIENCIA UNICA!!
  • Beth K.
    Beth KleinOctober 17, 2011
    Muita história do Rei do Rock!
  • Juliana M.
    Juliana MancinOctober 26, 2011
    A alma dos grandes assombra este lugar.
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