Ever wanted to know what is in the closed-off laundry room in Elvis Presley‘s Graceland?
Archivist Angie Marchese gave Express a virtual tour of some of the private rooms of the estate. The laundry room is located in the basement of the mansion besides the television room and pool room. Guests can actually see the opaque window in the Jungle Room.
“When Elvis first moved into Graceland, of course, Gladys did all the laundry and she would hang it outside to dry,” Marchese said. “After that, most of Elvis’ clothes, especially in the sixties and seventies, went to the dry cleaners.”
The laundry room is like any other laundry room but stuck in the 1970s when Elvis Presley passed away with some modern touches. It’s nowhere near fancy and features a typical dryer, sinks, water heater, heating units, and detergent.
The one retro item that is still used to this day is an electrical entertainment system. They use this system to play music over the speakers. This includes the traditional Christmas music played during the holiday season.
If you want your own virtual tour of Graceland, tickets are available for $98.50. This includes the famous laundry room depending on the tour type. Fans have the option of a highlights tour that features a bit of everything from a traditional Graceland tour. Also available are an archives tour or mansion tour. Both feature items and areas typically off-limits to the public.
“At the request of The Presley Family, the upstairs of Graceland Mansion is private and is not included in any tour conducted by Graceland, in-person or virtual. We honor their request without question and graciously thank them for letting us share the downstairs area with the millions of Elvis fans all across the World,” the website noted.
Other Elvis Presley Graceland Hidden Gems
Elvis Presley‘s Graceland features other rooms that are not open to the public. This includes an extra bedroom right off the kitchen. His aunt Delta used this bedroom on a regular basis until her passing in 1993. She used it when fans toured the house. Her real bedroom sits upstairs. They still have some of the artifacts from when Delta used the room. It also includes china that Lisa Marie personally uses for eating meals while she visits the mansion.
If taking a virtual tour doesn’t fit your budget there are other options. Numerous television specials have clips from some of the private rooms inside Elvis Presley’s home.