Sun Studio Memphis or also known as 'The Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll' is basically a recording studio that was used by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and many more musicians that you might not know that they recorded their masterpiece here. Sun Studio was firstly built by a radio engineer, Sam Phillips, with his long time friend, Marion Keisker. Sun Studio is very famous for the artists that have recorded here such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and many more.
An Exciting Tour in Sun Studio
1. Memorabilia and other things
Eventhough its name is a studio, Sun Studio also provides many memorabilia such as recordings, posters, recording equipments, and many more things related to the history of Sun Studio and also the history of musicians that have recorded their songs in Sun Studio. The tour inside Sun Studio will be led by a guide who is usually also a musician. The memorabilia and other things here are stored in a room which is bordered by glass. In this room, you can study how the studio was built and also be able to born rock 'n' roll stars.
2. Recording Studio
When you are visiting Sun Studio, this place must be the first place that comes to your mind. The recording studio in Sun Studio may looks kind of small, but never doubt its space for its ability to bring out not only rock 'n' roll stars but also blues and soul stars. Inside the recording studio, the guide will take you to see how songs are recorded here. You can also spot a piano in the corner of the room which used to be Jerry Lee Lewis's main instrument. You can also stand on the same spot as Johnny Cash did in the old years. Moreover, you can also take some pictures with the microphone that Elvis Presley used in his recording times.
3. Gift Shop
Finally, your tour in Sun Studio will come to this place. Inside the gift shop in the Sun Studio, there are several things that are sold here. First of all, you can find the apparel products such as t-shirts, shirts, hoodie, and even baby's onesie. The apparel cost in range of $16 to $120. Next, in the gift shop, you can find so many accesories product such as patches, keychains, magnet, sticker, and also Elvis style sunglasses. All things in accesories cost around $0,75 to $14. The most fascinating things in the gift shop are absolutely its musical things. The musical things consist of CD and also albums. Here, you can buy the CDs of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and also The Million Dollar Quartet which cost around $10 to $36.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to visit Sun Studio, you can directly buy the ticket from the ticket booth or it is also recommended to buy the ticket online from the studio's official website. The tickets cost $14 for adults, discounts $2 for students, military, and AAA, and free for the age of 5-11 years old. There is also a voucher ticket that costs $14. However, the combo ticket is not applied for group visit.
How To Get Around?
To get around Sun Studio it is best to go on foot because you will have an indoor tour in a small place and you will also get to move to another place in a fast pace.
What Should I Wear?
To have some tours around Sun Studio, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something that is comfortable for you to move around like shorts and t-shirts. Also, wear comfortable shoes so that you can walk around the complex in comfort.
Best Time to Visit
Sun Studio is open from 10 am to 6.15 pm 7 days a week. It is recommended to visit the museum between noon and afternoon because you will get a less crowded museum and it will be very convenient for you if you want to walk around the museum while carrying your children on the stroller.
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Will I Need a Guide?
Sun Studio has provided a guided tour for the visitors.
How To Get There?
If you are planning to visit Sun Studio, it is recommended to go there by bus. It will take around 5 minutes of ride from the center Memphis via Poplar Ave. If you are planning to go to Sun Studio by your own car, make sure you park your car in the free parking lot located behind the building. You can also take a shuttle bus from Sun Studio every once an hour to or from Graceland and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.
Memphis Rock n Soul Museum also provides space for those of you who are planning to have a night party. Just directly call the service center in the museum's official website to book the place for the party.