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We have a busy year ahead of us here at Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing and fans from around the world will be traveling to Graceland to honor his life and legacy. In addition to our annual
celebrations, we’re anticipating the largest Elvis Week ever, and we’re opening up our new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Nothing but the best for the king, right?
Here’s what you can expect at Graceland in 2017.

Elvis Express Radio News
January 13, 2017  -  EPE   /   Elvis Express Radio
Do you love Elvis? Do you want to learn more about him and his career? Of course you do.

You won’t want to miss Elvis Presley’s Memphis, our new, state-of-the-art entertainment complex,
which will open March 2-5, 2017, across the street from the Graceland Mansion. It’s five times the
size of our current visitors center, which it will replace. This $45 million, 200,000 square-foot
complex is Graceland’s largest and most significant expansion since first opening to the public in

Inside the Graceland mansion, you can explore the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s home life, from his lush
living room to the famous Jungle Room. But at Elvis Presley’s Memphis, you can explore every
facet of his astonishing career, thanks to new museums, exhibits and “Discovery” spaces.

The cornerstone of the Elvis Presley’s Memphis experience will be “Elvis: The Entertainer,” a
20,000-square-foot museum celebrating Elvis’ music, movie and live touring career.  

This museum will feature hundreds of artifacts from the extensive Graceland Archives:
From Elvis’ early days in Tupelo, Mississippi,
Through his first recording session in Memphis,
Rise to fame,
Hollywood career,
Service in the U.S. Army,
Life at Graceland,
The Las Vegas years and more.  

“Elvis: The Entertainer” will be the largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world.

A signature exhibition will present the incredible story of music visionary and legendary producer
Sam Phillips, who essentially created Rock ‘n’ Roll and discovered so many incredible artists at
Memphis Recording Service/Sun Records.

Graceland will partner with the Phillips family to develop an extensive exhibition that showcases
Sam’s life and work in an unprecedented and engaging way.

Featuring rare artifacts, photos, videos and documents from the Phillips family archives, the
exhibition will shine a light on the great artists that Sam produced, starting with the early blues
recordings that profoundly influenced Elvis and continues to impact the music of today.

A 20,000-square-foot “Graceland Soundstage” is also part of Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Soundstage will be an extraordinary venue for live music performances, movie screenings and
premieres, video productions, with theater seating for up to 1,700 people.

“Discovery” exhibit spaces will showcase aspects of Elvis’ life, career and interests in greater
depth, from the music genres that influenced Elvis from his earliest days –
Rhythm & Blues,
Southern Gospel, Country & Western – to today’s music artists who continue to
be influenced by Elvis and his body of work.

A new Elvis Presley Automobile Museum called “Presley Motors” will showcase over 20 of Elvis’
automobiles and motorized vehicles, including Elvis’ iconic Pink Cadillac, and also feature a
theater space showcasing Elvis movie clips focused on cars and racing.

The new facility will also feature two themed restaurants named for Elvis’ parents, Gladys and
Gladys’ Diner will feature classic American fare, including Elvis’ favorite: grilled peanut
butter and banana sandwiches.

Vernon’s Smokehouse will feature authentic Memphis BBQ, smoked in-house. A coffee bar and
ice cream shop will also be located within the complex, along with new retail stores offering the
most extensive collection of Elvis merchandise found anywhere in the world.

And of course, we can’t forget Elvis’ beloved jets, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II. The
planes will remain across the street from the Mansion, adjacent to the new venue.

As Elvis Presley’s Memphis opens, a new tour experience will also debut.

The new
“Ultimate VIP” tour experience, Graceland’s most exclusive tour option, will take a small
group of visitors on an unprecedented journey through Elvis Presley’s life story and the history of
Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Led by an expert tour guide, visitors will tour Graceland Mansion and explore all of
“Elvis Presley’s Memphis,” including the new Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, Elvis: The
Entertainer Career Museum, Elvis Discovery Exhibits, Elvis’ Custom Jets and an exclusive Ultimate
VIP Tour Exhibit.

Guests who book this experience will also enjoy transportation for their tour in a
special vehicle,
access to the
Ultimate Lounge at Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a special photo opportunity, a
Graceland Archives “show and tell” session, options to purchase special merchandise
only available to Ultimate guests and a meal with table service at one of the new restaurants at
Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

We can’t wait for this to open up – can you?

The Elvis Presley’s Memphis Grand Opening Celebration Weekend is March 2-5, and tickets are
on sale now. If you can’t make it that weekend, no worries – there are tickets on sale now for the
new complex and for Graceland past those dates on Graceland.com. You can also combine your
tour tickets with a Guest House at Graceland resort package by calling 901-332-3322 or toll-free
at 800-238-2000.

If you’ve been to Graceland before, that’s great, but you have to come back. This will be a whole
new experience.


Elvis Week 2017 will be the biggest – and best – Elvis Week ever. We’re still putting the finishing
touches on the schedule and special guest appearances, but you can go ahead and check out a
tentative schedule now. Elvis Week will include concerts, panel discussions, the Ultimate Elvis
Tribute Artist Contest and, of course, the Candlelight Vigil.
Stay up to date with everything Elvis Week by watching Graceland.com and ElvisWeek.com, and
sign up for our e-newsletters.

Wait, wait – we’re not done yet!
Our annual Scouts Rock at Graceland day is set for April 8. That’s a day for Girl Scouts and Boy
Scouts to visit Graceland, explore everything Elvis and earn achievements toward ranks, belt
loops and merit badges. Register for Scouts Rock now!
We’ll officially flip the switch on Graceland’s traditional Christmas lights on November 16 (and the
lights will stay on until Elvis’ birthday, January 8, 2018). We’ll announce more details, including
special guests, closer to that date, so stay tuned to Graceland.com.
While you’re in town to visit Graceland, don’t forget to book your stay at The Guest House at
Graceland. The Guest House also features special themed weekends and packages, so be sure
to check their schedule. Upcoming themed weekends include 80s Weekend, Memories of Motown,
Gospel Weekend and more.
Keep in mind, all dates and details are tentative, so keep an eye on Graceland.com for the latest
information. Our 2017 is going to be incredible, and we hope you’re here to join us!

There will be no better place to learn about Elvis Presley than
Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
The “Graceland Soundstage” will play host to a variety of live music acts
during the Grand Opening Celebration, showcasing the rich music
history of Memphis and the best of Memphis music today.
“Elvis: The Entertainer” will be the largest Elvis museum in the world.
Presley Motors will be the new home of the Pink Cadillac,
as well as Elvis’ other cars, motorcycles and more.
Hungry? Vernon’s Smokehouse will feature Memphis barbecue, while
you can grab American classics at Gladys’ Diner