Nestled in 14 acres of secluded Tennessee grounds, the Memphis Graceland Mansion was bought by The King of Rock ‘n Roll when he was just 22 and remained his home for the rest of his life. A tour of the estate, which offers in-depth insight into his life, attracts around half a million Elvis Presley pilgrims a year.
The lavish eight bedroom mansion transports you back in time to the 1970s where you can view The King’s famous jungle room. Here, amid the green shag carpets that stretch from wall to wall on both the room’s floor and on its ceiling, statues of monkeys and wood-carved tables, bars, stools and couches (featuring carved snake-head arm rests) furnish the enormous room. There is a magnificent staircase, a suitably extravagant swimming pool, and a billiard room whose curtains, couches and ceiling drapes are all covered in a matching kaleidoscope-patterned fabric that must have been selected by an interior designer who was tripping on acid at the time. The media room, with its three TVs, oversized couch, jukebox playing Elvis songs and mirrored ceiling, is notable for being well ahead of its time.
There is a Trophy building, a restored Racquetball building, and an Automobile museum featuring his flamboyant collection of cars ranging from his pink Cadillac to his Ferrari, his Rolls Royce sedan and his Mercedes Benz Limousine. His collection of private aircraft are also on display including the Lisa Marie which is decorated in true Elvis style featuring gold-plated seatbelts, leather-covered tables, 24-karat gold flecked sinks, a living room, a conference room and a private bedroom.
The Museum takes visitors on a journey of The King’s life featuring exhibits from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi; his time in the army; and his rise to fame. See his legendary costumes, artifacts and personal mementos and explore exhibits displaying handwritten letters exchanged between Elvis and President Nixon and the outfit that he wore to the Oval Office to meet the President. There is an exhibit about his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, featuring personal items from her childhood including record players, roller skates, clothing and items from her musical career. Another exhibit shows how Elvis’s music inspired and paved the way for many of today’s top artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John.
The Museum has also introduced a number of immersive experiences such as an “Elvis Yourself” virtual dress up experience, an Album Cover Photo Booth, a Movie Poster Photo Booth, an LED Dance Floor Quiz and an Immersive Concert Experience.
Just steps away from the Mansion is the Elvis inspired four star Graceland Resort Hotel, which offers visitors a convenient stopover spot.
You can also explore the estate gardens during your visit and see the Meditation Gardens where Elvis’s final resting place lies. But, as many of the visitors to Graceland will tell you, The King is still alive…