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Sun Studio

Sun Studio

star-4.5
1,601 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Memphis

star-5
Over the top
PamelaA_R, Jul 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour, Sun Studio, Peabody Hotel
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-5
Loved the tour
Kristi_B, Apr 2021
Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission
Sam was a great tour guide. We were impressed with Memphis. We saw lots of highlights on the trip. Hotel pick up was convenient. Covid did affect some of the stops. Sun studios was a highlight - guide there was excellent.
star-5
Great
Kathy_A, Mar 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Enjoyed all 3 tours. Sam was great Went on the memphis city tour, sun studio, riverboat cruise. Bus was clean Sam knew his history well
star-5
Fun and interesting
Tammy_R, Jul 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
We had a great hour of Memphis. Sam is a great guide! He is very knowledgeable and leads a fun tour. We added the riverboat cruise and Sun Studios, both were very amazing.
star-5
Worthy
Fernando, Jul 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
This was an excellent and time worthy tour. Sam picked our group in the hotel. He’s courteous and gave us lots on city history.He’s very funny and talked by the time he stepped on the bus through the end of the tour.
star-5
Great tour
Jean_S, Jul 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour, Sun Studio, Peabody Hotel
Great tour - well run and on time. Really liked the guides and all were so nice. Went on a Saturday which was very busy but the entire tour was well run and kept on time.
star-5
Rock n roll trip 😌
Melvyn_M, Jun 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour, Sun Studio, Peabody Hotel
Great driver on time happy and no problems very informative 10/10. Sun studios over to soon great to hear all about the start of rock n roll .
star-5
Wonderful
Darrell_H, Jul 2021
Memphis City Tour with Sun Studio Admission
Great tour. Very Informative. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the bus ride was enjoyable. We saw all of the tourism places we places we wanted to see.
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Memphis Tours
Melissa_P, Jul 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
We had a great time! Sam was the best! So enjoyed his stories about the history of Memphis. We learned so many interesting things while we were entertained the whole time. Sun Studio is an absolute must! The history of this place was amazing. If I skipped anything, it would be the riverboat. It was kind of pricey and not as interesting as the city tour or Sun Records. I would use my extra time and money to go to sites in the city or go to Beale Street for an evening meal.
star-5
Grayline Bus trip/tour to Graceland, Sun Studios and Beale Street
Donna_U, Jun 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour, Sun Studio, Peabody Hotel
This was a really great all day tour as I’ve always wanted to see Elvis’’ home, Graceland, Sun Studios and Beale Street!! It was amazing and you definitely need quite a few hours to do everything there!! Our bus driver, Frank, was very nice and it was really great not to have to drive and to sit and relax too!!!
star-5
Entertaining and fun
Denise_L, Jul 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Historical significance of some of the buildings and the town it’s self Sam was an excellent Host as well as the boat Captain James👍
star-5
Great day
Renee_S, Jul 2021
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Sam was a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Had a great city tour. We combined it with Sun Studios and the Memphis Riverboat

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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