By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Admission has gone up at the Elvis Presley Birthplace.
Adult tickets are now $15, up $3 from earlier this year. Children under 12 now pay $6, up an additional dollar.
The ticket price for seniors and students – $12 – did not change.
The increase comes the same year the Elvis Presley Birthplace unveiled a $4.3 million expansion.
The first phase of the project doubled the parking lot, added a 120-seat indoor theater, created a 75-seat outdoor amphitheater, expanded the gift shop and created picnic areas and exhibit space.
Last year marked a $2 increase in ticket prices, too.
Tickets are required to get into Elvis’ childhood home, the church gospel exhibit and the museum.
The birthplace offers an abbreviated ticket for the house only. It’s $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Admission is free to the grounds, the memorial chapel, the gift shop, the new exhibit hall, the amphitheater and the theater.
“We are not charging for the movie,” said Dick Guyton, executive director of the birthplace. “That’s free.”
The birthplace plays a 25-minute movie throughout the day about Elvis’ roots in Tupelo.