I’m sure most people in the world have heard of Elvis Presley’s mansion, Graceland, in Memphis Tennessee, but did you know that they was an almost exact replica in Denmark – the Memphis Mansion?
We had no idea that this place existed, we just happened to come across it as we were travelling through Denmark in our motorhome, on the way to Germany.
We were driving along when we saw a brown tourist attraction sign that said ‘Memphis Mansion’ with a picture of Elvis Presley on it. After our initial confusion, we quickly Googled what it was, and there it was, what looked like Graceland, right around the corner from us.
We decided there and then that we had to go there, it was too random not to stop, so we made a real quick detour and pulled up in the carpark at Memphis Mansion.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know!
What is Memphis Mansion Denmark?
Memphis Mansion is a museum tribute and replica of Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, built by an Elvis superfan, Henrik Knudsen, in Randers, Denmark.
The museum attracts over 150,000 visitors every year who come to pay tribute to the King of Rock and Roll.
Does Memphis Mansion have a historic backstory?
Memphis Mansion was built in 2011 and it is the only non-travelling Elvis museum outside of America.
The creator and Elvis superfan, Henrik Knudsen, had visited the real Graceland hundreds of times, so creating this replica was no trouble for him.
When the mansion opened in 2011, it was originally named ‘Graceland Randers’, but changed its name in 2016 following a lawsuit brought by the corporate arm of the Elvis Presley Trust.
Where is Memphis Mansion located?
Memphis Mansion is located in Randers in central Denmark.
What is there to do at Memphis Mansion?
On the outside, Memphis Mansion is an exact replica of Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, but on the inside it houses an Elvis museum with Henrik’s privately owned Elvis memorabilia. Some of the items you can see here include a pair of Elvis’s white suede shoes, original music recordings and one of his cars.
There is also an Elvis gift shop, and an American diner called Highway 51 which serves some of Elvis’s favourite food.
We had the ‘EP’S ALL TIME FAVORITE’ which is fried toast bread with peanut butter, jam and slices of grilled banana with crispy bacon on the side, and the ‘HAYRIDE BASKET’ which is southern chicken with waffles served with syrup, and they were both really good!
Outside of the museum they have a small replica of Elvis’s humble birthplace, the Tupelo house, a small wooden house of about 50 square meters. You can compare his birthplace to where he ended up in Graceland and see just how much his life transformed.
The museum has now expanded and they have a Johnny Cash museum too.
There are also meeting rooms where events, lectures, concerts and exhibitions are held – and a banquet hall that you can rent out for parties and events, you can even get married here!
You can check out the official Memphis Mansion website here, where you can book tickets, buy items from the gift shop and check out the diner menu – Memphis Mansion | A Tribute to Elvis Presley – The King of Rock’n’Roll
Is Memphis Mansion free to enter?
You can enter the gift shop and the diner for free but you have to pay to enter the museum which costs €18 for adults, €9 for Youth (13-17 years) and children 0-12 years are free.
If you plan to come here more than once, then you can buy an annual pass for €20.
What are the opening hours of Memphis Mansion?
- Museum – 10am-8pm
- Shop – 10am-6pm
- Highway 51 Diner – Mon-Wed from 11am-8pm – Thurs from 11am-9pm – Fri-Sat from 10am-9pm – Sun from 10am-8pm
If you are a fan of Elvis Presley, and perhaps Denmark is more accessible to you than going all the way to Graceland in the united states, then we highly recommend a trip here.
We were really glad that we stumbled across this place, as we had a really fun few hours. Memphis Mansion is definitely something unique to do in Denmark.
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Before we started travelling, I worked in local government in administration. I had been in this job for several years and had reached a complete brick wall where I was so fed up, but didn’t know what else to do. The only thing I knew that I wanted to do was to travel, and had wanted to do that for many years.
There were hundreds and hundreds of places on my wishlist that I wanted to go to, and I knew that going on a weeks holiday maybe twice a year if we were lucky wasn’t going to cut it.
After being in lockdown due to the Covid pandemic, and working from home staring at the same 4 walls every day, 2021 seemed like the perfect time for us to take the risk to finally do what we had dreamed of for so long.
It was a hard decision to completely change our lives, but so far it has been the best decision we have ever made!