Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948.

In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. By 1956 he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

In the spring of 1957, then 22-year-old Elvis Presley purchased Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, just a year after he shot to super-stardom and worldwide fame.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Elvis is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th century popular culture.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis is music’s most important and beloved landmark. Over 600,000 fans from around the world visit the historic home each year. In 1991 Graceland was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Parks Service.

A trip to Graceland will offer an opportunity to learn about American music, Memphis history, the life of Elvis Presley and more. Students will travel on a one-of-a-kind journey through Elvis’ humble beginnings and rise to super-stardom with up close and personal looks at the influence that forever changed music. They can explore the life of the king of rock ‘n’ roll through videos, photos, personal mementos, artifacts, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and much more.

The Graceland Education Program is a unique, enriching experience that is designed to engage young minds and show every visitor—student or teacher— the path to making dreams a reality just as Elvis Presley did.

Our practical learning program uses the impact of Elvis storytelling, the dynamic use of technology through our iPad tour and the environment of Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee. It enhances the power of active participation to spark creativity and capture the hidden potential within your students. 

The Graceland Education Program “Schooled on Rock” offers a unique experience tailored to match your students’ needs and curriculum, including homeschool groups. Our learning program can be designed around the many facets of Elvis Presley’s life.

The Graceland experience now includes Elvis Presley’s Memphis, our new, state-of-the-art entertainment and exhibit complex. Elvis Presley’s Memphis enables students to follow the path that Elvis took, surround themselves with the things that he loved, and experience the sights and sounds of the city that inspired him. Experience Elvis’ life and career like never before: his roots, his influences and his artistry.  

In 2015, Graceland was named the world’s “Best Musical Attraction” and “Best Historic Southern Attraction” in the USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards and in 2013, voted the #1 “Iconic American Attraction” in the same poll. For more information on Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis, visit

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