Elvis' birthplace

Explore Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo

Towns don’t get any more American than Tupelo, Miss. This thriving enclave in Mississippi’s northeast quadrant is filled with everything that has made this country great. The town has been chosen three times as an “All-American City” by the National Civic League.

Visit Tupelo for a chance to get closer to Elvis Presley, vintage automobiles and herds of bison.

The birthplace of Elvis

Elvis was born in Tupelo on Jan. 8, 1935 and lived there until he was 13. Tourists flock to the Elvis Presley Birthplace to see where this musical genius got his start. Even though the house is a modest two-room structure, it somehow represents so much more.

The house has been restored and appears as it did in the period before the Presley family moved to Memphis when Elvis was 13 years old. The birthplace is part of Elvis Presley Park, which also includes a chapel, a museum and a gift shop. The focal point of the park is a life-sized statue called “Elvis at 13.” The Elvis Presley Museum chronicles every part of the rock icon’s life. The collection, which came from a longtime friend of the Presley family, includes scores of photos, clothing and furniture. Microphones that Elvis used in the recording studio, as well as mementos from Graceland and his “Circle G Ranch,” only add to this fantastic museum.

Three years ago, another display was added to Elvis Presley Park. The “Walk of Life” story wall contains original, unedited stories from those who were close to Elvis in those early Tupelo years.

The museum at Elvis Presley Park will close Monday for renovations. The museum is expected to reopen in early December.

Automobile museum

A Lincoln that once belonged to Elvis is among the many cars on display at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. The museum is a treat for car lovers and for those who are looking for a bit of nostalgia or history. The museum opened in December 2002.

More than 100 cars, including a 1915 Studebaker and a 1927 Stutz, can be seen at the 120,000-square-foot facility. Restored vehicles are on display in chronological order from 1886 to recent years. This museum chronicles the advancement of car technology, from steam and electric vehicles to pneumatic tires and electric starters.

A big herd

One of the largest herds of bison east of the Mississippi River lives in Tupelo. At the Tupelo Buffalo Park, visitors can get close to the animals with a ride on the Monster Bison Bus. During each ride, a tour guide provides information on bison. Visitors are given a chance to feed the bison. Buffalo Park is also home to exotic animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, yaks and ostriches.

The park’s youngest visitors love the petting zoo, which includes rabbits, turkeys, pigs, deer, pygmy goats and miniature horses. Visitors can stay overnight at campsites at Buffalo Park. Other park facilities include a party pavilion and a picnic area.

More info

Elvis Presley Birthplace

Tupelo Buffalo Park

Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tupelo Automobile Museum

Did you know?

Tupelo, Miss., got its name from the native Tupelo Gum Tree.

On Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born in a two-room house in Tupelo. The Presley family lived in Tupelo until Elvis was 13.

In 1957, the city of Tupelo bought the former Presley home and surrounding land. The funds were raised at a concert Elvis performed in Tupelo. He wanted to provide a park for local children.

The 15-acre Elvis Presley Park includes his birthplace, a museum and a chapel. In 1992, the Elvis Presley Museum opened in Tupelo. The personal collection of Janelle McComb, a friend of the Presley family, is shown at the museum. The collection at the Tupelo Automobile Museum includes 1976 Lincoln Mark IV that once belonged Elvis Presley.

Source: Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau

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