More Things To Do At Graceland: The Graceland Exhibition Center

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 9th 2019 1457 0

Graceland is now 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 first three exhibits include artifacts and interactive museum-like spaces that are all family friendly. I checked it out a few weeks ago.

I think motorcycle fans will enjoy all the historic bikes on display in Century of the American Motorcycle room, and I think kids will like the fun Nat Geo interactive stuff in the Earth Explorers room.

I was most impressed with the Mohammed Ali exhibit, which was extremely well-designed and full of fascinating artifacts from Ali and information on his career and political activism.

The Graceland Exhibition Center is open 11 a.m. – 7 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.

For a limited time, if you purchase an “Elvis Experience” ticket to Graceland, it will include admission to these exhibits. They have not said when this offer will expire, but you can check out the most very up-to-date information here.

Here are the three inaugural exhibits.

Greatest Of All Time: Muhammad Ali
through September 15, 2019

Description provided by Graceland: An exhibition celebrating Muhammad Ali’s incredible rise from humble beginnings to becoming the three-time heavyweight champion of the world and “The Greatest of All Time™.” Discover the true story behind the most recognizable sports figure of the 20th century. Experience the thrill of the fights and be mesmerized by both the grace and power of Ali the boxer and the incredible amount of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice that went into Ali’s battles both in and out of the ring.

Explore the life of Muhammad Ali through his personal artifacts and experience his story through immersive photo opportunities. Presented by Muhammad Ali Enterprises, the exhibit features more than 100 artifacts, including rare photographs, championship belts, boxing shorts and gloves, ticket stubs and programs dating back to the 1960s, and other objects intended to share Ali’s unique story.

National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers
through September 9, 2019

National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers is a highly interactive, hands-on, family-friendly exhibition that allows visitors to learn and use methods employed by Nat Geo explorers in the field. Exhibit visitors will embark on an epic adventure through six themed and immersive environments to discover new species; study animal behavior; and learn about the important roles that technology, innovation, and ingenuity play in making and documenting explorers’ discoveries.

Visitors will take a simulated ride on a hot air balloon to record the migration of herds across Africa and go undersea in a deep-sea submersible to survey life at all levels of the water column—from abundant coral reefs to deep-sea thermal vents. National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers will showcase the work of some of the most innovative and exciting National Geographic explorers.

A Century of the American Motorcycle
through November 23, 2019

Ever since the invention of early bicycles, people have searched and experimented with various ways to make transportation more automated and faster. Although putting a motor on a bicycle was deemed crazy at the time, centuries later the motorcycle has become a social and cultural symbol, a symbol of freedom that has found an enduring place in America.

The first motorcycles are almost to humble in style. No one could have predicted or even dreamed what these machines, these pieces of art, would become today. This exhibit, curated by the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, explores a century of developers, inventors, and dreamers that pushed the envelope on what two wheels can do. This is a century of the American motorcycle.

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
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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