More Things To Do At Graceland: The Graceland Exhibition Center

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 9th 2019 2092 0

Graceland is officially at lot more than just the famous Mansion that was home to Elvis Presley for decades. Across the street, you’ll find Elvis Presley’s Memphis, an entertainment complex with casual restaurants, a museum, and the Presley Motors Automobile Museum.

As of May 2019, the Graceland Exhibition Center also offers exhibition rooms with rotating displays that change out every few months, plus plenty of space for event rentals.

Photo by Alex Shansky

The exhibits include artifacts and interactive museum-like spaces that are family friendly. In October 2019, Graceland will reveal two exhibits, Journey To Space and Expedition: Dinosaur. Both exhibits are 10,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive fun, so bring the whole family.

The Graceland Exhibition Center is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call ahead for New Year’s Day hours.

There’s a new Jungle Room bar area and a dining hall with stuff like burgers and burritos, plus plenty of space for receptions, parties, dinners, retreats, etc.

Get the most up-to-date information here.

Here’s what’s on display as of October 2019 (descriptions courtesy of Graceland):

Journey To Space
October 11, 2019 through January 5, 2020

The Journey to Space exhibit features over two dozen hands-on, interactive displays and artifacts from the past 50 years of space explorations, as well as innovations designed to help astronauts make more frequent and longer trips into orbit.

Journey to Space experiences include:
Experiment with a vacuum chamber to see how common objects behave in zero pressure
Examine a full spacesuit including gloves worn by Neil Armstrong and an Apollo astronaut helmet
Imagine yourself weightless in space with mirrors that create an optical illusion of floating
Control a robotic arm in the way astronauts do using hand controllers and video monitors
Stand inside a full-sized mock-up of the International Space Station’s U.S. Destiny Lab module
Smile through your space helmet and smile for a photo as you imagine yourself on Mars

Expedition: Dinosaur
October 25, 2019 through January 20, 2020

Expedition: Dinosaur is an exhibit 165 million years in the making, and it allows guest to travel back in time and walk amongst the largest creatures to ever call Earth their home. The exhibit combines life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs with realistic movements and sound with fascinating and educational interactive experiences. The exhibit also celebrates and explores the fascinating world of dinosaurs and the hunt for their fossils in the early 20th century. Visitors of all ages can step into the shoes of paleontologists and archeologists through interactive cabinets filled with excavation artifacts and fossils, including the chance to tests their skills extracting dinosaur bones from the earth.

Highlights of the Expedition: Dinosaur exhibit include:
Full-motion robotic dinosaurs with realistic movements and sound effects, including a climbable T-Rex head.
Interactive robotic dinosaur egg incubator.
Interactive archeological dig-site, including simulated dinosaur fossils and digging tools.
Hands-on activities and puzzles that allow guests to discover how dinosaurs lived various environments and prehistoric periods, mix and match dinosaur species, recreate Pangea and more.

Graceland Exhibition Center ticket prices:
$16 – adults
$14.40 – seniors and students
$8 – youth 7-12
$5 child 3-6
free child 2 and under

Buy tickets online here. This doesn’t include any of the other exhibits or the Mansion tour. You can also get a family four pack with two adult and two youth tickets for $38 on site.

Go There:

Graceland Exhibition Center
Graceland
Memphis, Tennessee 38116


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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