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Sun Studio

706 Union Ave | Memphis, TN 38103 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Tours
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Often referred to as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Sun Studio is a must-see for music aficionados. The tours will give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to record music, and one TripAdvisor user says it "was literally like taking a step back in the past to see and hear the greats perform." Former owner Sam Phillips helped launch many a music career, including that of Elvis, B.B. King, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. Today, the studio is still used by artists like U2, the Spin Doctors and Bonnie Raitt.

Located in Downtown Memphis, the Sun Studio is open to visitors every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tours are given at the bottom half of every hour. Admission costs $12 for adults and is free for children ages 5 to 11 (children under 5 are not allowed). There is also free parking, and a café and gift shop on the premises. Free shuttles will cart you to and from the studio and Graceland.

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