From 1956 until 1957, Elvis and his family lived at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis. It wasn't long, however, before it became apparent that the Presleys needed more privacy and security than the Audubon Drive home could provide. So in 1957, Elvis bought Graceland for $102,000 from Ruth Brown Moore. Graceland was Elvis' final home in Memphis and it is where he died in 1977.
Visitors to Graceland will experience more than just a tour of Elvis Presley's mansion. There are many other must-see exhibits to enjoy. Here is an overview of all you'll find at Graceland.
The mansion tour is guided with a multimedia iPad tour narrated by John Stamos and takes visitors through the living room, music room, Elvis's parents' bedroom, the dining room, kitchen, TV room, poolroom, the famous Jungle Room, as well as the annex of the main house.
After touring the mansion, visitors tour Elvis' racquetball building, original business office, and trophy building. The mansion tour ends with a visit to the Meditation Garden where Elvis, Gladys, Vernon, and Minnie Mae Presley are all buried.
The Automobile Museum
Elvis' Automobile Museum houses 22 vehicles that Elvis drove or rode in during his life, including his 1955 pink Cadillac, 1973 Stutz Blackhawk, and his Harley-Davidson motorcycles. In addition to these retro vehicles, the museum is home to two Elvis-themed race cars: an Elvis NASCAR that was driven by racing star Rusty Wallace and an Elvis NHRA car that was driven by John Force. Also in the automobile museum is the Highway 51 Drive-in theater where you can sit back and watch a film about the King.
While at Graceland, visitors are invited to tour Elvis' custom jets. The tour begins in a mock retro airport terminal where a video history of the airplanes is shown. After that, visitors are allowed to step aboard Elvis' two airplanes: the Hounddog II and his larger and more famous jet, the Lisa Marie, which features both a living room and private bedroom and which was named after his daughter.
Photography Exhibit, "I Shot Elvis"
The Graceland Archives contain thousands of items, artifacts, video footage, and photographs that showcase the life and times of Elvis. Many of these items are available for viewing in the Graceland Archives exhibit and The I Shot Elvis exhibit, which opened in 2015. The latter tells the story of Elvis' rise to stardom from the perspective of the many photographers that followed his life and career.
Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!
As part of the Platinum and VIP Tour options, you can see a special exhibit dedicated to Elvis' love of Hawaii. This special museum feature includes rare video of Elvis, jumpsuits and costumes he performed in in Hawaii, and color video of the first concert he ever performed in Hawaii.
Hours of operation varies by season, visit Graceland's website for further details.
Admission to the mansion and grounds only is $38.75 for adults; $34.90 for seniors, students, and teens; and $17.00 for children ages 7-12; children 6 and under are free.
Ticket prices increase from there depending on which museums and exhibits you would like access to. The highest level of tour is the Entourage VIP and Airplanes Tour, which is $80 for everyone.
*Please note that prices are subject to change. Accurate as of July 2016.
Article updated by Holly Whitfield, July 2016.