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Graceland:

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:

The mansion tour is audio guided 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.

The Airplanes:

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.

Sincerely Elvis:

The Sincerely Elvis exhibit features memorabilia showcasing Elvis' personal life. At this exhibit, visitors are given the opportunity to experience an in-depth look at what life was like for Elvis during the height of his career. The contents of the exhibit change yearly, showcasing a different time in Elvis' life. To learn about the theme for this year's exhibit, visit www.elvis.com.

Elvis After Dark:

Elvis After Dark is the newest exhibit at Graceland. It includes the King's clothing, personal items, and photography that help visitors to experience a typical night in the life of Elvis Presley, both while at home and while at work in the studio. One particularly interesting exhibit is a 25-inch television at which Elvis fired a gun. The old RCA now sits on display with a bullet hole in its screen. Appropriately, Elvis After Dark is indeed open after dark, even after the other tours have ended.

Visiting Graceland:

3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38186
901-332-3322 (local)
800-238-2000 (toll free)
www.elvis.com
Hours of Operation
Varies by season, call or visit website for current schedule
Admission Information*
Admission to the mansion and grounds only is $25 for adults; $22.50 for seniors, students, and teens; and $10.00 for children ages 7-12; children 6 and under are free.
Admission to all of the exhibits at Graceland is $30.00 for adults; $27.00 for seniors, students, and teens; and $15.00 for children ages 7-12; children 6 and under are free.

*Please note that prices are subject to change.

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