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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

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450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia, 30312

The Basics

At the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, stroll around to follow the journey of Dr. King from his birth to his rise as one of the country’s most important leaders. Inside the visitor center is a museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement, and Dr King’s role in it. The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change has more information on MLK’s life and work, and a few of his personal effects, including his Nobel Peace Prize. His grave, between the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center, is surrounded by a long reflecting pool and rose garden.

The National Park Service offers free, guided tours of Dr. King’s Birth Home; pick up a timed ticket at the information desk. Other tours from downtown Atlanta via bus, electric car, or Segway make stops at this historic site along with other city sightseeing highlights.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Atlanta

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A must for Atlanta
lindaloving, Sep 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
This is an excellent tour. Joy, our tour guide was wonderful. Very knowledeable about the area and Martin L. King. Too bad Center is closed for covid, but Joy took us on a wonderful walk in the area, saw MLK house, Madam Walker hair salon etc. Really worthwhile. A must to do when in Atlanta !
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Great tour
Chantel_W, Jun 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King's Tour
Even though things were shut down because of the covid19 the tour guide did a wonderful job! She called to make sure we were still going on the tour, she had her facts and information all together. She also had pictures to show because we couldn't go inside. And the best thing about it she took her time and made sure everyone understood and was together. She did a great job..
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Great storytelling, very informative
Stephanie_S, May 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Last year I experienced this tour pre-covid. Last week I took some friends on the tour (Emily was our guide both times). Although we were not able to go inside all the sites like last time, I was just as impressed with the tour. Emily is a great storyteller and all the information is so well researched.
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Had a great tour guide and learned a lot more about mlk, Stephanie was phenomenal
Kimberly_L, Jul 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King's Tour
The EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH, his house and the shot gun houses was very interesting I wish it was open to the public
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MLK Jr tour
Tara_K, Sep 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Emily was an absolutely amazing tour guide. We learned so much and she brought so much history to life. I thoroughly recommend this tour.
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Highly recommend
Samantha_B, Sep 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Emily was an amazing tour guide. I learned so much about MLK Jr and learned so much that is not taught in schools. Highly recommend this tour!!
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Fabulous tour. Well worth it
Michael_B, Aug 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Emily was a fabulous tour guide. She had numerous interesting facts that weren’t in the standard text books. The best part was going into the former beauty salon and meeting the current owner.
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Atlanta Must Do!
Shirley_E, Aug 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Enjoyed the history that was passionately shared by Joy. So much to learn, the inspiration of a dream and so much needed to make civility’s a norm. Thank you Joy!
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Amazing, must see
Pamuela_H, Aug 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Amazing experience. Emily did such an amazing job showing us so much of the town and making it so much fun and exciting. She and this tour is amazing. I learned soooo much about the history of Atlanta, Dr. King, stuff I never would have learned in school. Thanks so much Emily and you have to check out this tour!
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Great tour, passionate tour guide
Danielle_F, Jul 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Our tour guide (Joy) was amazing! Very knowledgeable and personable My daughter has autism and felt very comfortable around her, and was actually going to talk to her at the end of the tour...that says ALOT.
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Get to know why Atlanta is so important.
Linda_P, Jul 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Leigh was phenomenal. The walking tour was very interesting and informative, lots of historical and current important stories in a living neighborhood. I enjoyed it very much.
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Great but expensive expected more for the money
Pamela_T, Jun 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Very very informative, Emily was great. I think it was a bit pricey, especially seeing that we were unable to go into certain places, the price should have reflected it, but the presentation was great.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Fire Station No. 6, a restored firehouse, has a gift shop selling memorabilia relating to Dr. King’s life.

  • Most portions of the National Historical Park are accessible to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Most exhibits and tour routes are inside, but you must pass between buildings, so dress accordingly for the weather.

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How to Get There

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is in Midtown Atlanta, east of the CNN Center. The site is also part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District, an area bounded roughly by Irwin, Randolph, Edgewood, Jackson, and Auburn Avenues. You can get here easily by bus and MARTA trains.

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When to Get There

A typical visit to the National Historical Park takes between one and two hours. The visitor center, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open from 9am to 5pm daily. The Birth Home is open for ranger-led tours from 10am to 4pm daily. Fire Station No. 6 is staffed by park volunteers and is open from 9am to 5pm. All facilities are closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

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The Eternal Flame

Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. King are buried in a crypt at the King Center. The eternal flame there symbolizes the continuing effort to realize Dr. King’s dream of the “Beloved Community,” which was his vision for a world of justice, peace, and equality for all mankind.

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