Just like other museums, Elvis Presley’s home of Graceland has been temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, the Memphis mansion museum have been broadcasting videos from inside to keep fans entertained. The latest was a live Q&A through the house, with access into areas that fans cannot step into on the Graceland tour.
Near the beginning of the video, Director of Archives Angie Marchese is standing at the front of Graceland in the foyer, right by the staircase leading upstairs.
Some fans asked in the comments: “Can we see upstairs?”
While others added: “Are you allowed to go upstairs? Does it look the same as it looked when Elvis was here?”
Angie said: “So the one thing about Graceland and its mystique is the upstairs and the fact that it was Elvis’ private area.”
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She teased: “So no one is allowed to go upstairs, well because we’re on Instagram live…
“No, we’re still not allowed to go upstairs, sorry.”
However, Angie did reveal a few secrets for fans, since she does get to go upstairs at Graceland as part of her job.
She said: “It looks as if he just got up and left.”
Angie continued: “It is part of my job to maintain it.
“So we do go up there to maintain the space.
“The record on the record player is the last record he listened to.
“There’s a styrofoam cup that sits on a bookshelf.”
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While on the bedroom, the archivist added: “The bed is made, so we really maintain it the way that Lisa wants us to preserve it.
“So, unfortunately, we can’t see it, but it is taken care of.”
Later on in the video, her cameraperson pointed out the stairs near the kitchen.
Angie revealed: “These stairs here actually lead up to the main landing, which would take you to Elvis’ bedroom.
She added: “And this is how Elvis would come down to the kitchen.
“He would come down these stairs and come and make himself at home here in the kitchen.”
As it stands Graceland is set to reopen to the public on May 1.
However, the temporary closure could well be extended due to the lockdown across the US.
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