Graceland is the estate and home of the King of Rock-N-Roll, Elvis Presley. It is the second-most visited private home in the United States next to the White House. Exhibits include the mansion and grounds; a museum containing many artifacts, such as Presley's Vegas jumpsuits; awards; gold records; the Lisa Marie Jetliner; and Elvis' extensive auto and motorcycle collection. Educator Resources
Stax Museum of American Soul Music pays tribute to the soul music artists that caused a cultural revolution and changed music forever. Beginning in1959, Stax Records produced a remarkable catalog of some of the greatest artists of all time, including Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Booker T & the MG's, and the Staple Singers. Educator Resources
Sun Studio was founded by rock pioneer Sam Phillips and is often referred to as the birthplace of rock-n-roll. During the 1950s, the studio's artists included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Rock-N-Soul Museum tells the story of the musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic obstacles to create the music that changed the cultural complexion of the world. The exhibits begin with the field hollers and porch music of the sharecroppers in the 1930s and continues through the heyday of Stax and Sun records.
Gibson Guitar Factory is the home of the number one guitar company in the world. A tour of the factory takes visitors through sixteen stages in the production of a guitar like binding, neck-filling and tuning. See some of the guitars played by legends like Eric Clapton and Pete Townsend.
Mud Island is a small peninsula surrounded by the Mississippi River and the Wolf River Harbor. It is the home to a museum, restaurants and an amphitheater. The museum has exhibits that tell the story of the Mississippi River Valley with an emphasis on the Steamboat.
Beale Street is world-famous for its nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops and LIVE music. Each evening the streets are closed to motorized traffic as visitors stroll from one entertainment venue to another sampling the blues and rock-n-roll music.
National Civil Rights Museum & Lorraine Motel was built around the famous Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The main museum exhibits tell the story of the struggle for African-American civil rights, from the arrival of the first Africans in the British colonies in 1619 to the assassination of King in 1968. The Young and Morrow Museum, located across the street from the Civil Right Museum, contains exhibits pertaining to the assassination and subsequent investigation. Educator Resources
Slave Haven Burkle Estate is the former home of Jacob Burkle who was a conductor on the “Underground Railroad”. The old estate contains a cellar and a series of tunnels where slaves would hide for days, and sometimes weeks, to make their great escape to the north. The home contains artifacts and memorabilia designed to give visitors a sense of the daily life of a slave.
W. C. Handy Home & Museum was a composer and musician commonly referred to as the “Father of the Blues”. Located near Beale Street, the museum contains artifacts and memorabilia from Handy's life in the Memphis.