Sun Studio

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  • Address: 706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, 38103, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9015210664
  • Fax: +1-9015258055
  • Ticket Price: 12 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Observatory, Historical Site, Entertainment, Performance, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Buildings And Structures

This is a recording studio in the heart of the city that was set up by the very famous rock pioneer Sam Philips. This studio was earlier known as The Memphis Recording Studio that shared the same location as the Sun Records Label Business. After Sam Philips recorded his first solo album naming it Sun Records in 1952 and since then the place was known as the Sun Recording Studio.

From its very initial days, the studio welcomed talented artists and new talents who later went on to shine in the world of music. Among these the most significant name is of course Elvis Presley, whose albums made hits to take the studio to new levels. The other famous artistes who recorded here include Junior Parker, Little Milton, B.B. King, James Cotton, Rufus Thomas, Rosco Gordon, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbisons’, etc. The music was the beginning of the era of rock ‘n’ Roll, Country Music, old Rock, etc. Among the many award winning albums are Rocket 88, Raunchy, etc. The legacy went on till many years and the recent time artists have also recorded in this studio to produce hit albums like No Better Than This, Beyond The Sun and many others.

The museum after it had been closed down immediately after the death of Elvis Presley was reopened in 1987 as a revamped recording studio with newer decorations and infrastructure. The studio now also served as a destination for music lovers and Elvis Presley fans from all over the world. 

  • You can collect gifts and souvenirs from the Sun Studio Cafe.
  • There is free parking available behind Sun Studio.
  • Free shuttle facilities are available to/ from Graceland and Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum.

  • Kids from 5-11 years enjoy complimentary entry.
  • Children below 5 years are not allowed in the studio.

  • Tours are given from the second half of every hour from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

  • Bus numbers 20, 34, 36 and 56 till stop Union Ave @Marshall Ave

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  • Sun Studio Address: 706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, 38103, United States
  • Sun Studio Contact Number: +1-9015210664
  • Sun Studio Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Sun Studio Price: 12 USD
  • Best time to visit Sun Studio(preferred time): 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Sun Studio: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 81.65% of people who visit Memphis include Sun Studio in their plan

  • 58.44% of people start their Sun Studio visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Sun Studio

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

94.2% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sun Studio

People normally club together Orpheum Theater and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum while planning their visit to Sun Studio.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • If there is one tour to do while in Memphis, this is the one to do! Loved getting a history lesson on so many music legends! The studio has been left untouched and you feel like you take a step back in time walking into the studio. Our tour guide was excellent and made it a very interactive tour. I highly recommend the Sun Studio Tour.

  • The famous Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, where many of the legendary rock and roll, blues, R&B, and country music stars recorded. Among the renowned artists recording here were Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King and Howlin' Wolf. Also home to Sun Records, the studio was opened by Sam Phillips in 1950. Many consider it to be the birthplace of Rock and Roll.

  • Absolutely amazing place! The tour who was lead by Geoff was awesome. I was a little hesitant because I thought it might be tacky but they've kept it original, the tour price is great, souvenir shop is interesting and the bottomless $1 coffee was perfect. The staff seem really happy and look they they enjoy their jobs. I would recommend going to any person who visits or lives in/near Memphis.

  • This place is legendary. The radio room they salvaged and set up upstairs is beyond awesome and learning the history of how all the great legendary made their way through sun studio was awesome. Can't remember our tour guides name but he did a great job and was really into the history. Fantastic place where the legends were born.

  • Incredible time,if you love the history of music,of rock and would like the ability to stand in the same place as Elvis,Jerry Lee,Johnny cash. Go there now!! The employees are amazing and friendly as well!!

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