During normal times, Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, offers live tours to the public. In an average year, Graceland sees visitors from all 50 states and about 125 countries.
But once the pandemic hit, The King’s home had to close its doors for awhile.
See Elvis Presley’s Home by Virtual Tour
Meanwhile, Vice President of Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese began shooting videos of The King’s possessions and Graceland’s front rooms. Then she posted them to Instagram.
That gave way to a new idea that has continued even after Graceland re-opened (in a limited capacity) to the public: two-hour virtual tours of Graceland.
The tours cost $100 per live stream. Express.co.uk got the opportunity to take a virtual tour, and they’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at what it offers.
Marchese serves as the guide on the virtual tours, which she conducts through a Facebook Live video streamed to a private Facebook group. Audience members can submit questions beforehand.
The tour runs through the Music Room, dining room, Gladys’ bedroom, the kitchen and the Jungle Room. Marchese told in-depth stories and offered entertaining insights, which is more than visitors on the live tour get.
The audience got a sneak peek at interesting tidbits like the Samurai sword in the Music Room and Lisa Marie’s childhood scrawls in the kitchen.
The upstairs of the house, Presley’s personal area, remains roped off from public view. But the tour did delve into Graceland’s basement, where Presley had a pool room and TV room. In the TV room are three television sets, which he watched simultaneously. The set he shot with one of his many handguns remains on display.
Graceland’s Grounds and the Plane
Outside Graceland are the horse stables, racquetball court and trophy room, as well as the Meditation garden by Presley’s grave. Marchese allowed the audience a brief moment in the Meditation Garden to reflect on The King’s passing.
In the Meditation Garden are the graves of Elvis, his parents Vernon and Gladys, his grandmother Minnie and his grandson Benjamin.
The final leg of the tour took them to see Presley’s private jet, the Lisa Marie or Hound Dog 1, across the way. The jet features gold-plated sinks, several television sets and a hairstyling chair. They also got to see his multiple cars and hear more stories about his life.
People who take the virtual tour get access to the live stream to rewatch as much as they please for 72 hours after the original tour streams. And Marchese remains available to answer questions in the private Facebook group to which a ticket buys access.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, click here.