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Music History in Memphis

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Music History in Memphis
When it comes to music history, few cities can rival Memphis, Tennessee. Also known as Soulville, USA, Memphis is home to The King's Graceland and the birthplace of the blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll. Here are some of the city's top music sites.

Graceland
You can't come to Memphis without paying a visit to Graceland, the quirky home of Elvis Presley. In addition to exploring the Graceland mansion, you can get an in-depth look at Presley's life through a variety of exhibits, including one featuring his extensive car collection, another covering his comeback performances in Las Vegas, and one on his love for Hawaii.

Beale Street Historic District
The heart and soul of Memphis' live music scene lies on Beale Street. The clubs and restaurants lining this historic district have played host to legends B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, and Muddy Waters.

Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum
Pay a visit to the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum for a comprehensive overview of the city's storied music history. Just off Beale Street, the museum features seven galleries and three audio-visual elements that tell of the development of rock and soul in Memphis.

Sun Studio
Sun Studio, known as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, was where Elvis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded some of their first tracks to launch their music careers. Today, the humble studio is a museum and national historic landmark offering tours every half hour.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame
A sister site to the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to the city's many influential native sons, including Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and Justin Timberlake.

Gibson Guitar Factory
Set on Beale Street, the Gibson Guitar Factory is where some of the world's finest guitars are crafted. Tour the facility to see the process firsthand, from binding to tuning.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Housed in the former home of Stax Records, where Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Isaac Hayes once recorded, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music traces the history of this important house of music.
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Memphis Discovery Tour with Rock 'n' Soul Museum Admission

Memphis Discovery Tour with Rock 'n' Soul Museum Admission

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Explore downtown Memphis on this all-inclusive tour. Visit the Smithsonian’s Rock N' Soul Museum along with top attractions such as Beale Street, known as the home of the blues, and Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. A barbecue tasting and trip to the Peabody Hotel's March of the Ducks, a much-loved Memphis tradition, are also included.
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  • 3 hours
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Sun Studio Admission Ticket with Guided Tour

Sun Studio Admission Ticket with Guided Tour

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When visiting Memphis, take a guided, 45-minute tour of Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll and the most famous recording studio in the world. Sun Studio is the very place where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless other superstar musicians launched their illustrious careers. Also there is a Sun Studio Rock Shop voucher included!
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  • 40 minutes
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Elvis Presley's Childhood Home with Lunch & Transportation from Memphis

Elvis Presley's Childhood Home with Lunch & Transportation from Memphis

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When in Memphis, taking this tour to Elvis’ childhood home is a must for fans of the King. Enjoy a comfortable, narrated coach ride to the town of Tupelo, Mississippi, and then tour the Elvis Presley Birthplace childhood home and church, plus the Elvis Presley Museum, Tupelo Fairgrounds, and Tupelo Hardware Company—all important sites in his childhood and musical career.
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  • 8 hours
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Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission

Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission

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Drive past the Mississippi River, grand Victorian homes, and cultural landmarks on this narrated tour of Memphis, which takes you beyond the city’s obvious sights. A tour of the legendary Sun Studios, where artists such as Johnnie Cash and Elvis Presley recorded their music is also included as is round-trip transportation from your downtown Memphis hotel.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Memphis Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket

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Visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame to learn all about the city's legendary music history. Browse exhibits and museum displays about the musicians and artists who shaped the Memphis Sound.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum Admission

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum Admission

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The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum will have you tapping your toes. Book this admission ticket and discover Memphis' history of blues, rock and soul music. An included audio guide adds depth to the extensive exhibits, with more than 100 songs to bring liveliness to the displays. Delve into Memphis' musical legacy and learn all about the pioneers like BB King and Muddy Waters who put Memphis on the map.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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