Graceland Celebrates 37 Years As Tourist Destination
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Graceland Celebrates 37 Years As Tourist Destination

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MEMPHIS (CelebrityAccess) Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, the second-most recognizable home in the U.S. after the White House, is celebrating 37 years as a tourist destination.

Graceland opened for public tours on June 7, 1982, and since then has seen more than 20 million visitors.

The campus has expanded considerably since then.

In 2016, the 450-room AAA Four Diamond resort hotel The Guest House at Graceland was opened to the public. \

In 2017, Elvis Presley’s Memphis opened across the street from the mansion. The 200,000 square-foot entertainment and exhibit complex houses more than 11 stand-alone Elvis museum exhibits: Presley Motors Automobile Museum, Presley Cycles, Private Presley: Elvis in the Army, Icons: The Influence of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley, Mystery Train: The Sam Phillips exhibit, Hollywood Backlot, Elvis’ Tupelo, Hillbilly Rock: The Marty Stuart Collection, The Archives Experience and Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum – making it the largest collection of Elvis memorabilia in the world.

Last August, Graceland opened a chapel for weddings and vow renewals. Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods is located between the mansion and The Guest House.

Graceland also recently opened the doors to its most recent expansion, The Graceland Exhibition Center. Located next to Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the 80,000 square foot Exhibition Center will host national and international pop culture and educational touring exhibits starting with Muhammad Ali: Greatest of All Time.

“We produce events that attract all kinds of guests to Graceland. For Elvis fans, it’s a magical place to visit to be closely connected to the greatest entertainer of our time. Graceland will always be sacred to them for that reason. For people who may attend one of our events that is not necessarily Elvis related, it’s an opportunity to introduce someone new to the incredible legacy of The King. And, without fail, they leave Graceland as new Elvis fans,” said Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings, LLC.