On June 7, 1982, with the cutting of a blue ribbon by Elvis’ Aunt Delta and CEO Jack Soden, Elvis Presley’s Graceland opened to the public for tours. On that day in 1982, 3,034 fans paid the $5 admission fee for the opportunity to be the first to experience the place that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll called home. Since then, Elvis’ beloved Memphis home has welcomed over 22 million guests from around the world, becoming the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage for music fans everywhere.
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Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee (Photo: Business Wire)
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, visitors on June 7, 2022, will experience the Graceland Mansion tour with live tour guides throughout the mansion, just as it was in 1982. In addition, the first 1,000 guests will also receive a 40th anniversary poster, featuring Graceland’s original opening day flyer artwork.
Other anniversary celebrations include the opening of a new exhibit at the Archives Experience in Elvis Presley’s Memphis called “Graceland, Welcome To My World.” The exhibit will explore the story of Elvis’ Graceland through photos, personal artifacts, and Graceland archival footage. Graceland will also be sharing newly shot interviews with Priscilla Presley and Jack Soden, talking about the decision to open Graceland and the early days of public tours. In addition, Graceland will invite the millions of fans who have visited to share photos of their experience on social media on June 7, using the #Graceland40.
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