Sun Studio
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
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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  • Elaine B
    Dublin, Ireland106 contributions
    A piece of music history
    Getting to see Sun Studio in all its glory was a real treat, and our tour guide was brilliant. She had lots of stories and was great at answering our questions. We learned a lot we didn't already know, which made this particularly enjoyable. Great value too.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 23 February 2023
  • Russell A
    Gold Coast, Australia622 contributions
    A wonderful piece of music history
    We really enjoyed this tour. The guy taking the tour was passionate about his music and preserving the legacy of Sun Studios. I was not aware of the highe amount of mega performers who have recordered her. I found this fascinating and a piece of history well worth keeping. The photos and original furnishings and recording equipment was the icing on the cake. Great experience
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2023
  • notthisshitagain
    Windsor, United Kingdom27 contributions
    Really good tour
    Very interesting and informative tour, the guide is a fountain of knowledge, and made the experience for us. Couldn’t get a cab or Uber for ages after the tour and one of the staff even offered to give us a lift back to our hotel ! Great people 👍
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2023
  • QA_Geek
    Manchester, Connecticut358 contributions
    Definitely worth the stop
    This was by far one of the best quick tours. I loved everything about it to the rich history to the person talking. I also liked that it is a first come first serve for tickets. Didn’t know so much famous music started there!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Lainey M
    2 contributions
    Well worth a visit!
    You get a lot of great entertainment and information for your tour buck here. The original Sun Studio is small but packs a big wallop in terms of history. Our tour guide, Lydia, did a great job sharing stories and bringing the history to life through the artifacts and recordings. Well worth a visit if you love mystic and are in Memphis!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Beth S
    Memphis, Tennessee8 contributions
    Memphis must see!
    Tour guide DREW rocked it!! We had so much fun! It's a short tour, and you feel the spirit of great musicians here. You feel Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. We walked in, and there was a tour within the hour so easy breezy. The merch is great, and the coasters are a hit! We loved our tour guide, Drew! He played us so much music and shared very cool facts with us! Affordable, historic and a Memphis MUST SEE!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Brad W
    10 contributions
    Music influence
    What a fantastic tour given to us from Drew. It was evident he had passion for music and Memphis. Thank you Drew for making some guys from Wisconsin feel like Memphis was home. Great tour and the influence Star has had on the music industry is incredible.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Judy P
    Houston, Texas17 contributions
    Brilliant
    This little studio has had some names come through there. Sam Phillips and his partner Marion Keisker were brilliant at finding new talent and sound. (I loved the story about how the amp fell out of the car and Sam Stuffed newspaper around the cone and that created the distortion of rock n roll as we know it today.) Worth the time whether you are a music buff or not.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Kelly
    2 contributions
    Fantastic tour and tour guide
    I feel bad I didn’t write this review sooner as we visited last May but I figured it’s better late than never. THIS IS MUST SEE TOUR if you’re in Memphis. It was fascinating and our tour guide Zoe was so engaging and knowledgeable!! Do not visit Memphis without visiting this great, historic little spot. Worth every penny!!!
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Peter and Lisa W
    5 contributions
    Rock and roller’s dream!
    A must for all fans of rock and roll. Tour leader, Graham Winchester, was awesome. Great stories, great recordings and a little tickling of the ivories to boot. Check it out, folks. You will ne glad you did!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2023
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KruisingKonnie
5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed every minute of our guided tour with Josh H. today! His enthusiasm and knowledge transported us back to the recordings and experiences he shared with us. When in Memphis, don’t miss the Sun Studio tour.
Written 21 February 2024
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Rhonam15
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Feb 2024 • Friends
Lydia was a fantastic tour guide around Sun Studios. Her wealth of knowledge was great. It’s only a small place but the history and stories from here changed the music world back in the 1950’s. A must see if you are in Marvellous Memphis
Written 21 February 2024
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI174 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Tour guide Josh did a great job leading the 45-minute tour. It was very fun and informative. Tour does require walking up and down one flight of stairs.
Written 20 February 2024
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Culture04958472872
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
The tour is fantastic. Drew was so knowledgeable and engaging. He brought the studio to life. A must see and experience. Imagine standing where Elvis, BB King, Johnny Cash, and many more created the first sounds of Rock n Roll.
Written 19 February 2024
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Jim G
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Had a top-notch tour guide in Drew. My family and I couldn't have been happier with the experience. It's the real deal for fans of Sam Phillips and the artists he helped us to hear. Original studio was impressively intact and refreshingly alive. Don't miss the best spot in Memphis.
Written 18 February 2024
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Shortrips40
Chicago, IL43 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Our guide was Lydia. She was fantastic and so knowledgeable. You could hear in her voice the passion she has for this era of music. Very very enjoyable. Hope you can have Lydia when you tour.
Written 17 February 2024
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GdeSBrixham
Brixham74 contributions
Feb 2024
Learned a LOT - great tour, fascinating history - all replicated at the Graceland visit but to be where it ACTUALLY happened was superb.
Written 16 February 2024
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Vikki M
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Loved it. Lived within an hour all my life. And finally took my husband for my bday. Lydia our guide was so knowledgeable, fun and loved the way she was so enthusiastic. We learned so much we did not know. If you are ever in Memphis go to Sun Studio tour.
Written 14 February 2024
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Lyn Duncan S
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
The tour guide "Lydia" was excellent! She was inspiring and visibly excited to share the story of Sun Studio with the visitors. Lydia presented the history of the studio in an informative and organized presentation. She had a positive attitude and an impeccable sense of humor. We learned many facts about the studio due to Lydia's A+ communication style. We enjoyed our visit and especially our new knowledge of the history of Sun Studio.
Written 8 February 2024
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Irvan and Addy
Cupertino, CA2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Dropped in to check out one of the iconic music studios in American history and we were pleasantly surprised.

It’s a small place packed with American music history including Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Our tour guide, Drew, was fabulous. He has a great sense of humor and a plethora of great stories. He made the tour a lot of fun for everyone.

Don’t miss this iconic spot!
Written 6 February 2024
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