Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Start at the visitor center and then work your way around the three main sites in this historic park: the home in which the leader of the Civil Rights movement in America was born, the church where he preached and the memorial site where he is buried. A major Atlanta attraction, the park draws some 500,000 visitors each year.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • M H
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful and inspiring
    This is a fabulous experience. Allow plenty of time to visit all aspects of this historic site. The world peace rose garden is amazing, as is the church, the museum and the house where Dr King was born. Really important and well laid out site.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Christian P
    Houston, Texas104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    I took my wife to Atlanta for her birthday. The MLK Jr National Historic Site was the highlight of our trip. So much history and so much to learn. We stayed in the area for several hours. It's a free self-guided tour with so much to see. We visited Ebenezer Baptist church and MLK's birth home. On Saturday's you don't need a ticket to visit the birth home. It's an open house guided tour form 10am - noon led by park rangers. The park rangers were knowledgeable and friendly. I learned more about MLK and his family than I ever have.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Dean_Amy-2004
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania8,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    Be sure to allow sufficient time for this site. There is so much to see, I ran out of time. The birth house is available for a free tour, but requires advance sign up and space is limited. There is also a ranger talk at the Ebenezer Baptist church. The Kings’ tombs are directly across the street at the King Center. The Park Service has purchased several properties on Auburn Street to preserve the neighborhood as part of the national site. The movie at the visitor center was also very good.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 October 2023
  • keljopy333
    Holland, Michigan47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop here for a few hours if you have the chance
    The visitor center exhibits were a nicely laid out chronology with lots of information. The Ebenezer church talk was good. The Boyhood home tour was fantastic. The guide on my tour, Morgan, was an excellent storyteller, really making MLK's childhood come alive. This site is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • notcarla
    Litchfield, Illinois200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult to find but worth it.
    The displays were very well done and captured the life of MLK. The parking lot is actually off John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE near Jackson St NE and Boulevard NE. GPS took me all around it. There is a tour of his birth home that you have to reserve at the desk, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church also has a program by the NPS. Allow at least 2 hours. Free
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Miranda
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Informative
    We stopped to see Martin Luther King Jr's birth home. Parking was a little difficult, but we went on a Sunday morning and forgot about the church services. You could not go into the house at this time because they were renovating it. That wasn't a big deal, we could see the outside and the surrounding houses had information to read. We went into the freedom hall and saw some of Martin Luther King JRs, his wife, Ghandi, and Rosa Parks things. Each room had information about each one. The visitor center was closed so we didn't get to see inside. We did pay our respects at MLK Jr and his wife's grave stone. The grounds are beautiful with a lot of information about him and his life and work. Great place to visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 March 2024
  • Jason G
    Baltimore, Maryland699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Experiencing
    Definitely worth the visit just to try and envision all that happened there. Plenty to see and do. The house talks (since MLK's birth home is being renovated until next year) and talks in the church don't happen very often throughout the day, so if you're trying to plan an itinerary, it might be worth calling ahead to see what the schedules are for the day you'll be there (or just arrive when they first open).
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • TravelingMamaGlv
    Glenview, Illinois283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hope to Return After Birth Home Renovation
    Our visit to the tomb, visitor center and the ranger talk at Ebenezer Church were very moving and informative. Unfortunately the film was not available that day and the birth home is closed until 2025 for renovations. We also walked around the neighborhood and grabbed lunch at a local eatery.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2024
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Kevin
Mountain View, CA282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Other then the Carter Presidential Library, this was my highlight of visiting Atlanta. I've long admired Dr. King all my life, and have read a lot about him in books and at the Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Even with how much I know about MLK, I couldn't pass up a visit to the MLK Jr. National Historical Park.

There are a number of sights and buildings to visit in this area. We started off at the Visitor Center (there's not entrance fee so everything at this park site is free to visit), where you can get information from the front desk and when the Park Ranger talks are happening for the day. The Visitor Center is filled with some exhibits and info about Dr. Kings' life, his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, his assassination, and legacy. They also have a section on Jimmy Carter, who first designated the MLK Jr. Historical Site in 1980 before it became a National Historical Park in 2018.

Next, we went over to the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church for a park ranger talk at 11am (there are a few shows during the day, but that could change so ask the front desk when the church talks are happening). It was awe inspiring to sit in the church and hear Dr. Kings' preaching over the intercom. You just could feel his presence. The park ranger gave a 20 minute talk about the history of the church building, and it was very educational.

After having a bite for lunch at the nearby Edgewood Pizzeria, we walked over to Dr. King's birth home, which unfortunately is closed for refurbishment and renovation until November 2025, but it was still nice to stand in front and see the outside of it. There's a gift shop next door to it as well if you want to pick up some souvenirs.

Finally, we stopped by the King Center, which has several exhibits in the Freedom Hall building about Dr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Mohandas Ghandi, and Rosa Parks. Outside is the gravesite of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King that you can view and pay your respects. It's surrounded by water and a fountain, and you can hear his "I Have A Dream" speech playing in the background. It was very moving to see and take it all in. Next to the gravesite is also the eternal flame, and some inspiring messages surrounded throughout the grounds.

This was an amazing place to visit and learn about MLK Jr. This definitely has to be on your itinerary if you happen to be in Atlanta.
Written 1 May 2024
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AlbertCav
Philadelphia, PA665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
IMO, this is THE reason to come to Atlanta (although a lot of other great things to do here). Really moving exhibits to learn about a true American saint (and I say this as an atheist). The National Park Service Visitors center is very informative, the burial site just so inspiring in a beautiful reflecting pool, the house he was born in (currently closed for renovations), and the Ebenezer Church where he and his father preached (make sure to do one of the NPS talks on the hour at the church.) Do not miss the small exhibit at the back of the second floor of the Freedom Hall near the rear of the reflecting pool - you can view his Nobel Peace prize medallion, as well as the suitcase/clothes/room Key from the Lorraine Hotel. Truly an inspiring experience for us.
Written 23 April 2024
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TravelingMamaGlv
Glenview, IL283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our visit to the tomb, visitor center and the ranger talk at Ebenezer Church were very moving and informative. Unfortunately the film was not available that day and the birth home is closed until 2025 for renovations. We also walked around the neighborhood and grabbed lunch at a local eatery.
Written 4 April 2024
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Jason G
Baltimore, MD699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Definitely worth the visit just to try and envision all that happened there. Plenty to see and do. The house talks (since MLK's birth home is being renovated until next year) and talks in the church don't happen very often throughout the day, so if you're trying to plan an itinerary, it might be worth calling ahead to see what the schedules are for the day you'll be there (or just arrive when they first open).
Written 2 April 2024
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Miranda
78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We stopped to see Martin Luther King Jr's birth home. Parking was a little difficult, but we went on a Sunday morning and forgot about the church services. You could not go into the house at this time because they were renovating it. That wasn't a big deal, we could see the outside and the surrounding houses had information to read. We went into the freedom hall and saw some of Martin Luther King JRs, his wife, Ghandi, and Rosa Parks things. Each room had information about each one. The visitor center was closed so we didn't get to see inside. We did pay our respects at MLK Jr and his wife's grave stone. The grounds are beautiful with a lot of information about him and his life and work. Great place to visit.
Written 11 March 2024
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Susan L
Durham, NC498 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Sadly we found the site to be underwhelming. The exhibit at the visitor center was disjointed and unimpressive. The Ranger talk at the historic church wasn’t very informative and the Birth Home was closed for renovations. We would have liked to watch the film at the Visitor Center but it was only showing once an hour and it overlapped with the Church talk.
Written 27 February 2024
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Mark T
Ageo, Japan559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a must-visit sightseeing spot in Atlanta. I used the MARTA train and street car to get there.

The admission was free. I learned the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to the 1960s.

I walked around the park. The house where Dr. King was born was within walking distance.

If you are a history buff, you need to visit here. I saw a lot of young people here. I thought this park was a good place to educate them.
Written 13 February 2024
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notcarla
Litchfield, IL200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The displays were very well done and captured the life of MLK. The parking lot is actually off John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE near Jackson St NE and Boulevard NE. GPS took me all around it. There is a tour of his birth home that you have to reserve at the desk, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church also has a program by the NPS. Allow at least 2 hours. Free
Written 14 November 2023
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keljopy333
Holland, MI47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The visitor center exhibits were a nicely laid out chronology with lots of information. The Ebenezer church talk was good. The Boyhood home tour was fantastic. The guide on my tour, Morgan, was an excellent storyteller, really making MLK's childhood come alive. This site is definitely worth a visit.
Written 13 November 2023
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA8,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Be sure to allow sufficient time for this site. There is so much to see, I ran out of time. The birth house is available for a free tour, but requires advance sign up and space is limited. There is also a ranger talk at the Ebenezer Baptist church. The Kings’ tombs are directly across the street at the King Center. The Park Service has purchased several properties on Auburn Street to preserve the neighborhood as part of the national site. The movie at the visitor center was also very good.
Written 25 October 2023
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