Elvis Presley’s Graceland opened its new $45-million-dollar entertainment complex, “Elvis Presley’s Memphis,” Thursday.
Graceland, located in Memphis, Tennessee, has not seen any renovation of this size since opening in 1982. Personal artifacts from Presley such as wardrobes, U.S. Army photos, childhood photos and other possessions are displayed throughout the complex.
The 20,000-square-foot museum “Elvis: The Entertainer” is the cornerstone of “Elvis Presley’s Memphis.” The museum features various exhibits that provide a deeper insight into the icon’s life. The museum is the largest and most inclusive Presley museum in the world.
Other attractions include The Presley Motors Automobile Museum. This museum allows visitors to view over 20 of Presley’s vehicles, including the famous pink Cadillac. A showcase of his motorcycles, ski boats, and other motorized toys are featured in Presley Cycles. “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” also features two of Elvis’ custom airplanes, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II.
The entertainment complex includes an exhibit dedicated to the influencers of Presley called ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley Exhibit. This section brings attention to over 25 artists and entertainers who influenced Elvis. Artifacts and wardrobes from Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John and many more are on display. The entertainment complex provides 15 new attractions and exhibits to explore.
“Since opening in 1982, we wanted to share more of the thousands of artifacts we have in the Graceland Archives, but we never had a proper space to showcase them. This new exhibit and entertainment complex finally provides the right venue to make the Graceland visitor experience even greater,” said the performer’s wife, Priscilla Presley.
Along with the various exhibits, visitors are able to dive deep into Presley’s life through the food. Elvis’ Memphis features two themed restaurants, Glady’s Diner and Vernon’s Smokehouse, both named in honor of his parents. Glady’s Diner serves his favorite sandwich-the infamous grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich.
The 40-acre entertainment complex is the second phase of Graceland’s expansion plan. “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” is combined with the $92 million project, The Guest House at Graceland- a 450-room resort. Over $135 million has been invested by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc, to further advance the Graceland experience.