Tupelo, Mississippi: Birthplace of Elvis
Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum
- 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, MS
- Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. East side of town. US Hwy 45 exit at E Main St., then east about a half-mile to Elvis Presley Drive. North two blocks to the house.
- M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify)
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- Major Fun
Visit the tiny two-room shack where the King was born -- then stroll the grounds to take in the statue, museum, and Elvis's first church. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [01/06/2013]
Visitor Tips and News About Birthplace of Elvis
Elvis's father built the house where he was born. It is really tiny.[Katharine Chestnut, 07/04/2010]
Mar. 2013: The attraction attributes the construction of the 2-room house to Elvis's father, grandfather and uncle. Hilary W. writes: "Contemporary photos of the house at the time Elvis would have lived there show a row of typical mill houses. These type of houses were (and sometimes still are) quite common in the South. The family was deeply in debt and skipped town in the middle of the night. This was also a very typical occurrence for those who 'owed their soul to the company store' during this period."
The Assembly of God Church, where Elvis attended as a young boy, has been moved to the birthplace and restored. A film is shown depicting Elvis' early musical influences.[Thom Eason, 01/30/2010]
When we visited, the museum was still being renovated -- so when it's done there will be parking and a museum with an additional admission charge.
Elvis' birthplace is a small cottage with two really small rooms -- you can easily miss it once you find the street. You step in and hear the story of Elvis -- and how he was born in that room, "not on the furniture in the room now, but furniture very much like the stuff we put here." A very nice lady gives you the story "that rock and roll was born in this room" and shows you the spot "not on this bed, but on a bed very much like this" where Elvis was brought into the world.[rhonda bartlett, 11/08/2003]
April 2007- The Elvis Presley Museum completed its remodeling (the first since it opened in 1992) and is back in business. Roughly 380 items from pre-age-13 Elvis are now on display, amid copious amounts of crushed velvet and mirrors. The Museum and Birthplace are now just parts of a 15-acre complex that also includes a bronze statue of teen Elvis, a fountain, a memorial wall, and the actual church where Elvis learned to love gospel music.