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Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

1. Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

Go behind the scenes at Sun Studio and let the Home of the Blues come alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and stories about your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way, you will see Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the early homes of Elvis, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy an exciting introduction to Memphis on an action-packed drive through the city. It's great fun for all ages; let loose and sing along as much or as little as you like.

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Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

2. Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

Experience how Memphis, The Home of the Blues, comes alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. Travel with a professional Beale Street musician as your guide who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage as you cruise through the city. Be entertained with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities along the way. Pass by famous landmarks in music history such as Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, The Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the Early homes of Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash. Receive an exciting introduction to Memphis on this action-packed drive through the city which is great fun for all ages.

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Memphis: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Memphis: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the best of Memphis on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with 9 stops and unlimited rides during the duration of your tour pass. Explore the city's monuments, historical attractions, and popular spots in the most flexible and enjoyable way. Visit highlights of the city such as the Blues Hall of Fame, Graceland, the Stax Museum, Sun Studio, the Memphis Pyramid, and more. Find everything from kid-friendly attractions such as the Peabody Hotel to more historical spots such as the National Civil Rights Museum. Adapt your day along the route and based on your interests. Enjoy the convenience of buses passing through the stops every 90 minutes. If you prefer, remain on the bus tour for the entire loop, listening to the informative audio commentary on board. Stops along the hop-on hop-off bus route include: • Ticket Booth/Hard Rock Cafe• National Civil Rights Museum/Blues Hall of Fame• Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum/B.B. King's Blues Club• Stax Museum of American Soul Music• Graceland• Sun Studio• Auto Zone Park/Peabody Hotel• Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid• Tennessee Welcome Center

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Memphis: Black History Self-Drive Tour

4. Memphis: Black History Self-Drive Tour

Experience Memphis in a new way on this innovative driving tour. You will not only see sites connected to the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in Memphis but also hear the stories that will help connect the dots often not taught in school. Your journey will begin down by the Mississippi River where the city began. Hear the story of how this city was given the name Memphis. You will see sights connected to slavery, the Underground Railroad, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and Memphis Music. Learn how the now world famous Beale Street was once known as the Negro Main Street USA. See the "shotgun" home where the Father of the Blues once lived. Not far from there is a church built in the late 1800's by freed people. It is still an active church today and is one of the oldest African American congregations in the city. The National Civil Rights Museum is visible on the route. This museum is the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. Drive through the neighborhoods of Downtown, Uptown, Pinch, South City, Soulsville USA, and the Edge District. Significantly, the church where Dr. King gave his famous, last and prophetic speech, "I've Been To The Mountain Top" less than 24 hours before he was assassinated will also be seen from your vehicle.

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Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

5. Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

Get the complete Memphis experience on this bus tour with an introduction to everything that makes Memphis unique. Discover the renowned Beale Street, the Peabody Hotel, sample food at Central BBQ, and visit Rock 'n' Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum (if option selected). Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Lorraine Motel to see the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last moments. If you choose, explore either the exhibitions at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum, and Beale Street to discover how it became the "home of the Blues". Pass by some favorite Memphis sights, including the Victorian Village, Orpheum Theater, historic Cotton Row, and Hotel Chisca, where DJ Dewey Philips played Elvis for the first time.   At lunchtime, stop into Central BBQ to sample some of the best barbeque food in Memphis.

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What people are saying about National Civil Rights Museum

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 38 reviews

A wonderful tour with great information, terrific music, and terrific sites. Indiana, our guide, sang beautifully and imparted information about the blues, gospel, soul, and rock 'n roll music. Excellent tour! I highly recommend

Our guide was Indiana. She has a wonderful voice so her singing and storytelling were very entertaining. 90 minutes went by quickl, maybe next time we'll take a longer tour.

Our guide, Larry was very knowledgeable, as well as entertaining. The lunch at Central was very good. Loved the Rock N Soul museum. Very good value for the money!!!

Larry was our guide and he was great. Very professional, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Would highly recommend.

I loved our tour guide. I forgot her name but she was amazing! Such a great voice and warm personality.