A significant stop for any fans of Elvis Presley is his birthplace and museum in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he lived until he was 13 when the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. The complex includes his actual birth home, a museum dedicated to his impact on Tupelo and the world, and a restored historic church that was moved from a few blocks away. The birthplace and museum frequently host events like performances and talks, especially during Tupelo Elvis Fest.
What to See at the Elvis Presley Birthplace
The humble two-room shotgun home shows visitors what Elvis’ childhood was like. He slept in the bed with his parents in a blue-collar neighborhood. The home was purchased on borrowed money and was eventually taken away. After Elvis rose to fame, he purchased the dilapidated home he was born in. His father later helped restore it and fill it with time period furnishings. It opened to the public in 1971.
Next to the birth home, you’ll find the Assembly of God Church, moved from a few blocks away, where the Presley family attended church. It’s an important landmark in his life because it’s where he first became influenced by music.
Between the buildings is the “Walk of Life,” which lists important dates in the musician’s life. There’s also the “Elvis at 13” statue and markers for both the country music and blues music trails. He is one of the only performers to be included in both.
The museum includes memorabilia from a Tupelo native and Elvis fan Janelle McComb, including items he had given her. A number of his memorable performance costumes are featured, as well as items fans took from his hotel rooms over the years, namely towels and coffee cups.
Tips for Visiting the Elvis Presley Birthplace
The Elvis Presley Birthplace is located at 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801. It’s open daily from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. Tours of the home are $9 for adults, seniors and students, and $3 for children under 12. For a full tour, including the museum, admission is $19 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $9 for children aged 7-12 and free under 7.
Parking is available for free on-site. From downtown Tupelo, it’s a straight shot down East Main Street, which is a 5-minute drive or a 25-minute walk. Photos are not allowed inside the museum or gift shop due to copyright laws. Graceland also runs excursions from Memphis.
Where to Eat Near the Elvis Presley Birthplace
Johnnie’s Drive-In is an essential stop for Elvis fans as the restaurant was a favorite of Presley’s. In fact, you can sit in his booth and order a “slug burger,” a hamburger fortified with flour, just as he did. Bring cash because they don’t take cards.
If you can’t grab a table there, Dairy Kream is a few blocks away and has burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. In downtown Tupelo, dine at Kermit’s Soul Kitchen, known for its wings, barbecue, and sandwiches.
Where to Stay Near the Elvis Presley Birthplace
Hilton Garden Inn Tupelo is the only downtown hotel but is within walking distance of Tupelo Hardware, as well as the shops and restaurants. Holiday Inn & Suites Tupelo is right off the highway, but you’ll have to drive to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and other landmarks.