Due to the overwhelming success of its first three virtual tours, Elvis Presley’s Graceland announced a new additional date for the initial guided tour and added three more brand new virtual tour options.
Each of the 2-hour guided tours will offer a behind-the-ropes look at the Graceland campus, including the Mansion, the Lisa Marie jet, Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex, and even a peek into the top-secret Archives facility that houses the personal items belonging to the King of Rock ‘n Roll that are not on display to the public.
“The response to the Graceland Virtual Live Tours exceeded our expectations,” said Debbie Miller, chief marketing officer at Elvis Presley Enterprises. “We had participants from 22 countries—many of whom received the tour as a gift from a friend or family member—and received rave reviews. We are happy to expand the Virtual Tour options to reach Elvis fans around the globe based on their feedback.”
Hosted by Angie Marchese, the vice President of Graceland Archives and Exhibits (and one of the world’s foremost experts on all-things Elvis Presley), the virtual live tours will provide a and an in-depth look into Elvis’ life through a behind-the-scenes VIP experience with unique highlights. Viewers will be able to ask Angie questions throughout the event. Plus, the artifacts and stories will vary from tour to tour, making each experience unique.
Following are the four virtual Graceland tours available:
The Graceland Experience: March 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. CST (new additional date)
During the original virtual tour (recommended for first-time guests), Marchese will conduct a behind-the-ropes look at the Mansion, a tour of the Lisa Marie jet, and a walkthrough of Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex. During this live two-hour guided tour, guests will be able to see artifacts like Elvis’ cars, jumpsuits, gold records, and movie memorabilia.
The Mansion: April 5, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. CST (the only evening tour of Graceland)
During this new tour, Marchese takes guests on a deep dive into the Graceland Mansion and Grounds to explore the personal side of the world-famous home through one-of-a-kind stories that give guests a closer look into Elvis’ life. This in-depth tour begins at Graceland’s front door and continues to Vernon Presley’s office, where Elvis’ father managed the star’s personal business and oversaw the management of Graceland. Next is a visit inside Elvis’ trophy building, which has been newly updated to tell Elvis and his family’s personal story. The tour continues to the recently-restored racquetball building, where guests will see Elvis’ racquetball court and the luxurious lobby area, complete with his pinball machine and piano. The tour will conclude at the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and his family members have been laid to rest.
Elvis’ Life and Career: April 19, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. CST
During this tour, Marchese guides an in-depth tour of the state-of-the-art Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex, the most comprehensive Elvis museum. This tour focuses on the things that Elvis loved and includes stories about some of the artifacts currently on display from the extensive Graceland Archives, including Elvis’ favorite cars and motorcycles, wardrobe and set pieces from his iconic ’68 Special and Aloha From Hawaii concerts, his collection of gold and platinum records, his jumpsuits worn on tour, and memorabilia from his movies. Guests will also get a unique insight into how Elvis paved the way for many of today’s celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, and Dolly Parton.
The Archives Vault: April 12, 2021, at noon CST
This unique and intimate tour takes guests inside Graceland’s Archives Building, the top-secret facility where Elvis’ personal items are kept. Very few Graceland staff members are even allowed access into this facility, but lucky guests on this tour will be able to see some of the thousands of artifacts stored here first-hand. Marchese will also provide stories and insights that cannot be heard or seen anywhere else.
Tours will be presented live through a private, closed Facebook Group and will be archived for one week following the live event so guests can relive their experience again and again. Tickets are $98.50 per person. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.