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Graceland Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Opening to the Public Today

June 07, 2012

Thirty years ago today, Elvis Presley’s home was opened to the public and has now become the ultimate rock 'n' roll pilgrimage for music fans around the world. On June 7, 1982, around 3,000 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.

Before Graceland plaza existed, fans would gather at a staging area across the street and wait in line for their turn to tour Elvis’ home. During the early years, Elvis' cars and motorcycles were lined up in the carport and fans would exit the tours through the carport door. The trophy building consisted of his gold record collection, awards, costumes, gun collection and several other pieces of memorabilia. The Mansion tour included the living room, music room, dining room, TV room, pool room, and the trophy building.

Over the past 30 years, Graceland has been visited by fans, music lovers, political leaders, celebrities and more. Very soon, Graceland will welcome its 18 millionth guest to Elvis’ home since 1982.

Thank you to those around the world who have visited Graceland to see where Elvis called home. If you haven’t had a chance to visit us yet, we look forward to welcoming you here at Graceland soon.

Learn more about Elvis' life and career at and check out this week's mobile photos which feature Elvis at Graceland.

Want to plan your own trip? Visit our free online trip planner to plan your visit to the King of Rock 'n' Roll's home.