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How would you rate Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site?
A very emotional place to visit. The Visitor Center is well planned abd educational. The Center needs to be better curated, however. But that doesn't take away the significance of the experience.
Visited August of 2013. Only difficult part was finding the parking lot, but there is a large free lot you can park in near the musuem. We spent over 3 hours touring all the different sites and could have spent another hour or two if we had more time. The house tour is great, sign up at the musuem as soon as it opens to guarantee a tour, because they fill up fast. All of the key components are walking distance to each other, MLK musuem, birth house, King Center, Ebenezer Baptist. We could not find any nice restaurants in the immeadite area, so drove back into town for lunch afterwards.
Much larger than I thought it would be. Restored house where he spent his childhood with guided tour. Restored the houses in the entire block to see how he grew up. Restored church, exhibit hall about his life, restored fire station, and museum about the civil rights movement. You really get an understanding of how he developed his beliefs.
I visited the MLK National Historic Site with my future husband (Steve Jones) yesterday (May 28th). We were leaving Florida and I wanted to stop by Atlanta and show some love to MLK. We was very disappointed with the customer service that we received at the Ebenezer Baptist Church gift shop. The young cashiers were very rude and not helpful at all. I asked the young lady where was the house located that MLK lived in.....she said down the street! See what the young man and young lady failed to realize was that they were representing MLK/Ebenezer Baptist Church at that time b/c they were our first direct contact in the gift shop/church. I would have probably let them both know in a very blunt way how rude and unfriendly they were if I wasn't in a CHURCH. I decided to make this review in hopes that someone will read it from MLK/Ebenezer Baptist Church and be more aware of how impressions mean everything, especially when I'm getting ready to give you my hard earned $$ for the items in your gift shop. FYI: I decided to not purchase anything!
Disappointing. Atlanta should take care better care of it.
One of the best most historically relevant places in the city. The King center shows you what the civil rights movement was all about. It also held teach about the most dynamic leader in the history of the movement.
Finally had the chance to go to the MLK site and it was very enlightening. Better to visit outside of holidays.
A magnificient spot which inspire you to become rejuvenated like never before. The cool but strong voice of the Dr King cannot be ignored by any one even the most casual listener. The oratory with which Dr Kind energized the public and woke up the common conscience of the humanity could be experienced as you move around the centre.
The audio CD help me to be reminded of him and his mission even today.
Rev Issac P Johnson
New Delhi, India.
My family went to Atlanta in January, just a little after New Years. We were only going to be there for 3 days. The King Center ended up being so much fun that we went back there for all 3 days.
Amazing experience, even though I got there really late I was able to understand a lot about the Civil Rights Movement.
If you've visited the memorial site in Washington, then this one will greatly disappoint. The Atlanta site is markedly amateur looking, dirty, and just plain trashy. Visit DC and see how a real memorial is built and taken care of. Glorifying this shameful excuse of a memorial just because of the name attached to it is just awful.
To me it solidified my belief that he was one of the most influential men of all time. To hear him speak his words of greatness was very inspirational!
Interesting place - not enough of our locals ever visit. For his significance this place should be 10 times nicer / better kept...but more have to go and pay for them to fund it. I always take visitors here
Had a great experience when I visited here. The birth home tour was good as well.
Most wonderful and exilerating experience of my life.
A lot of history very emotional experience a must see if your in Atlanta. Must larger than I thought a total of four exhibits including the crypts of Dr King and Coretta Scott king. I enjoyed my visit.
Spent nearly 6h and could've done more still. Superb museum and memorial!
Loved my experience here and it was FREEEEEEE (the best things in life are, aren't they?)
I was very inspired during this journey but it's such an understated center for such an important man! I hope they develop it more and celebrate his legacy. I learned a lot about his childhood - he was actually very well-off and very educated from a young age.
Do give this a visit. It's an Atlanta gem!
Inspiring story...well worth a visit.
It's amazing how one person used by God, can do so many amazing things.
It's more than just your legacy be known by the new generations so they know who was Martin Luther King Jr. and what he did on behalf of his people.
Good displays inside lots of photos, videos, and quotes. They also have a short movie that plays every hour. If you can't get a ticket to the birth home (the tours full up quick) they offer a video virtual tour.
Beautiful and very nice and informative. Would definitely recommend if you're around the area, or not to far away
Wonderful historic site. love the church, MLK's childhood home preservation and tour, lots of information, theater with historic films showing throughout the day, excellent
This is so amazing he is such a brave and good person for doing the civil-rights movement now all people are free because of him.
My experience at Martin Luther King Historic Site was amazing and thought provoking. There is no cost for admission which makes it really accessible. At first, it was confusing on where to go to enter the site. But a park ranger helped me and guided me on where to go in the site. The park ranger also helped me by giving me a map. The site is self-guided but there are sporadic tours that are available if you would like to wait for them. There are 4 different parts of the site which are MLK’s home, his church, his neighborhood firehouse, and his burial site. All are fairly easy to travel to and have little distance between them. As a student, I recommend that other students go to all the sites and pick up pamphlets along the way to maximize your experience. The first site I visited was the firehouse. The firehouse had a volunteer who told stories about Dr. King’s childhood activities there. It helped to bring the firehouse to life. Next, I went to MLK’s house. The only way to get access inside the house was to receive a free ticket from the visitor center. The tour times were far apart so I was not able to go inside. On the other hand, I was able to sit on the porch steps and explore the building that King lived in which was very moving. The Freedom Hall museum was my next stop. It was an unexpected and surprising part of the visit because it had a beautiful collection of the personal items of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King. As a student, it was great to see how these two figures and their legacies were tied together in this space. It was my favorite part of the site visit because it included artifacts of figures who represented what King stood for like Rosa Parks and Mahatma Gandhi. When I left Freedom Hall, I was able to see the King burial site and the Eternal Flame. I liked the symbolism of the water and the flame together. To end the visit, I visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church where King was the pastor. King’s sermons played out throughout the church as I walked in. It was a great way to end the tour of the entire King site. As a non-native of Atlanta, it was great to see all of these places that I learned about come to life. I knew that coming to the MLK Historic site would be a beautiful experience. In addition to the experience, I loved that I learned some details that many documentaries and articles do not discuss like King’s trip to India and his Grammy win for Best Spoken Word Recording. Despite the directional issues, my experience at the site was a special one and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the unconventional as well momentous things about King.
Get there early and get your ticket for the tour. Very informative, very intimate, and I left feeling better about myself
I loved being there and learn more about the history and the places dr, Luther King used to be and live. One thing that I loved the most was the old houses on Auburn st. I was really amazed. The tour is for free but make sure to tip the people who help to make this a great place to visit.
A smaller national historic site, the MLK house is worth a brief visit, but there's really not much to see. Budget an hour at the most to see the house. For some, just coming by to snap a picture may even be enough.
This site was awesome! The staff was helpful. It was great to see all of the artifacts, videos and pictures inside. I recommend looking at the shot gun houses and his birthing home but be sure to grab tour times from the information center. It was an honor being able to visit this place.
A must visit for everyone no matter the age, race or nationality. Very emotional and informative. There is lots of history here. MLK is the last of his kind, so important to know of him. Take your time, and enjoy.
The site is beautiful and we'll cared for. I would suggest knowing if there are any events it trips planned for the day you would like to go. I did not and had to deal with bus loads of hyper, disrespectful school age kids and adult supervision who were not supervising. Instead I watched the art get mocked, statues touched inappropriately and the adults laugh at their behavior. I don't blame the youth. It's a cultural issue. As I stated before, lots to learn here.
Great way to discover the history of Martin Luther King and a must see in the city. Great way to understand what was going on during the civil rights movement as well. Be sure to see the house of King's birth, and the church where he and his father preached.
Kudos to the National Park Service for managing the historic site so well. Martin Luther King is a giant - and the historic site does a wonderful job in showcasing his amazing, inspirational life. The exhibits provide a unique and realistic glimpse and experience into the times when Rev King was alive. I came away even more inspired. A must see if you are in Atlanta.
If you love to learn the history, about great people, you must visit this place. You can even visit the home where Dr. Marting Luther King Jr. grew up. Nothing new, but you should give it a simple visit if you have enough time.
I was here last week with two nieces from the UK. We had one evening and almost a full day in Atlanta. (The evening was a Braves game of course and - the Braves won!). One thing they wanted to see was your site. It was an incredible experience. The parking was free (unheard of) and the buildings and exhibits were top quality. The film was moving and historical. The Ebenezer Church and reenactment of "I Have a Dream" were amazing, like listening to Dr. King himself. But most of all, your staff people were warm, welcoming and knowledgable, and we had the sense that they LOVE their jobs! Now how many federal sites can offer that? The visit took about an hour and a half, most enjoyable. Highly recommend!
I'm going to college to become a historian and this spot added alot to my knowledge on MLKJ. I've been touring Atlanta for awhile just because I feel it's what I need and it's where my boyfriend lives. I was looking through some places to visit in Atlanta and this stuck out to me. I've told all my friends back in the U.K. and they so badly wish to go.
I really enjoyed going to this museum which includes Martin Luther King Jr.' s birth site/childhood home, his church, his burial site, and a museum on civil rights. I liked that there was an emphasis on the role his wife played in his life and in the Civil Rights Movement. That role is often forgotten in other museums, but there she is given credit for what she has done.
This is great museum for King's legacy and civil right movement. It is not super dense, but there is tons of information. The videos are all well done to teach you more. Parking is free and so is the museum. Everyone who is in Atlanta should take a trip here at least once to learn more about the civil rights movement.
Great self-guided walking tour of the neighborhood in which Dr. M. L. King Jr. lived as a boy. We enjoyed the museum and Heritage Sanctuary. We wish we had had more time to spend in the museum.
An amazing experience. I'd visited once about 10 years ago when they were closed, but you could still visit the reflecting pond. This time I got the whole experience and it was fantastic. If you haven't been, you need to go. There are 3 parts/blocks to the whole park, make sure you get to each.
The first part is about the civil rights movement, marches, sit-ins and so on. It also contains a section on Jimmy Carter and his work for civil rights.
The second is the reflecting pool Corretta and Dr. King are laid to rest. There is a (not so) eternal flame, gift shop and small museum as well.
The third block is the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King attended. It's been fully restored and is breathtaking. Standing where he stood gives you goosebumps. They also have a young man who has the intonation and cadence of Dr. King down pat and he delivers part of the "I Have a Dream" speech...it gave me chills.
All three sections have some sort of visual/movie happening on a rotating basis and tons of information about Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. It's an amazing place for a historical visit or just to connect and reflect.
It was an amazing experience to visit the Martin Luther King Center and Church. My son and his wife, my grandchildren and my wife and I was able to see some of our historic landmarks in person.
This is a must visit if you are in the Atlanta area. I mean it's free, so there is no excuse! There is so much history in a few short blocks. The park Rangers are amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. The King family home was being renovated 3 weeks ago when I visited, but they have a pictorial tour of the home available in the old fire house.
While a must visit, there is little to appreciate here. Just seeing his church and birth home provide little perspective, but the videos inside the memorial building are good.
Yesterday, 01/16/2017I went to M. L King Jr. National Historic Site. It is a wonderful and interesting place. But when I bought a souvenir , the cashier was not a honest person. I trust to him but I received less change. I paid with a bill of $10 and receive many coins of pennies, five cents and a huge coin of a dollar. At that time was a young man. I am a tourist . I hope that do not happen again. Do not speak well about workers in that place.
This is a great place to learn about the civil rights movement in the US. I found my visit very moving, but MLK's home was closed for renovations when I went. It's definitely worth going to this place.
Great historic site for anyone to go visit. Just wish there were a few more upgrades. Overall a great place to visit.
Very humbling place, well put together tribute to a difficult time in history when great things were achieved in the most noble way possible. If you have kids then ask about getting them inducted as junior rangers.....
awesome national park commemorating Dr. King. there are lots of museums and sculptures relating to the civil rights movement here in addition to MLK's birthplace and his fathers church, Ebeneezer Baptist.
The Martin Luther King National Historic Center
This is a very profound and heart touching place to visit. The Historic Compound is a group of Historical Site not far from one another. You can do this on your own by simply following a map. For example, you can visit the house where this great man was born in. It was built in 1895. From there you can visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church. It is only a block away. Not far is the King Center for Non Violence. Ms. Coretta King started the Center after her husband was assassinated. There is also the visitor center and the Gandhi Promenade.
All of these historical venues are full of facts, photographs and historical information. And each site requires time and effort. Do not rush and truly pace yourself. I spent about five hours and felt satisfied with all that I saw. Do not forget to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King tomb in the Sweet Auburn district. Walk the Freedom Hall and mediate how much freedom cost. I admired this man and it was an honor to visit these places. They are a part of a History that should not be ignored – travel and let History tell you truth and share.
I love the rose garden...the quotes of the children in the garden just grabs my heart....AMAZING!!!
The site gives you a nice interactive review of history... A sense of peace among everyone while you explore and review history...I also find it interesting to see the different emotions on the faces of the people visiting the site...
Moving, emotional, inspirational. You must come to pay your respects when visiting Atlanta. Thank you to the National Park Service volunteers for wonderful and knowledgeable explanation of the events that took place in Dr. King's life as well as the people who worked with him.
such a meaningful place to visit... to know the background of his striving journey... don't miss this!
Amazing place to understand the connection between East (India) and West (USA).
Every kid must visit this place to know what this man stood for.
Being an Indian I felt proud to realize that MLK and MK Gandhi were such close friends and comrades in their struggles for social equality and political reforms.
An opportunity to reflect on what others have done to make life easier for all mankind. It renews your perspective on today's society. Gives you something to fight for, grow from, build towards. Invest in the future by donating to this cause. Thank you for your service Dr. and Mrs. King.
The mural was down when I went and put into storage this time, and the house is under renovation. With that being said it's still an important part of our history and a wonderful place to teach our children and selfs where we can hear and see things for our selves. When going through Atlanta it's a must stop for me.
Its one thing to be told and taught about what Martin Luther king Jr did and who he is. But it feels great to walk the streets that he walked and see it first hand.. im so amazed.. especially the birth place
Great educational experience, wish the museum was bigger would love to see it expanded with more information :), gift shop could have more of a novelty selection. Loved the content.
One of the best sites of the National Park Service. Preserves Dr. Kings birthplace and neighborhood along with his Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Really excellent site, and very informative. Dr. King is an inspiration to all Americans. The only problem is that it is too popular, and if was hard for my grandmother, who loved Dr. King, to navigate the crowds.
I'm not sure they can do anything about that, since it is an historic site.
Learned so much from being here as well as the kids. It was like I was there during that time. All the displays were presently perfectly and I would love to go back. Glad we had a chance to see a part of history.
The King center is such an awesome place for visitors and residents. It is educational and inspiring! There are so many different people who come to the center for various reasons and they all get what they came for.
Yes, yes, and yes! This place still makes me shed a tear of complete Pride and joy. I am so happy that the center is functional and running and has a great following. He deserve this and more
A Must See! One of the park security monitors told us that Dr. King's youngest daughter is now CEO. She has added BEAUTIFUL flower gardens to surround the eternal flame. The reflective pool is spectacular and underlies and surrounds the dual tomb. The Wall photos are perfectly selected moments in time. The Mall and the International Walk of Fame hold the shoe prints of nicely notable personalities who lived to support the life, liberty, happiness, and fairness for all humankind. There is such a peace that is felt in the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Enjoy!
I had a awesome time going to see Martin Luther King History place were he and his wife live made a 👪 for them self. And the church he grow up in and also to his own 👪 there to. Seen other Africans America man make a difference long on the same team they all made this untied states a better place for all people in this world today. With lots of love 😇💕💕💕💕💕💕💕😘 Thank you single Renee Badeau
This is a must see for every American! It was a great experience both in the actual museum, as well as Dr. King's childhood home, complete with some actual King family items. Our ranger was very knowledgeable about the history and taught everyone at least one thing they did not know. Call ahead, as early as possible, for the tour. They do fill up and close around 4pm, I believe. There is a store directly next door to the King home, where you can purchase books or novelty items from Dr. Kings era (toys, etc)
Awesome place to visit! I learned so much about King's birth place. You can't take pictures of the inside though. It is a lot of walking so be prepared for that. I wanted to do more but my parents and I didn't have time. Definitely recommend doing this if you're visiting Atlanta for the first time!
Pictures cannot be taken in the home of MLK . Upstairs is been restored at the moment so it is inaccessible. Apart from that it is a great experience. A lot of walking will be done so comfortable shoes are a necessity. Wheelchairs are okay, crutches and walkers may cause some inconvenience. Animals, skateboards, and bicycles are not allowed in certain areas. Food is not allowed in most places.
I think its fine as far as it goes. I've been to dozens of national parks. This one probably gets loads of traffic and looks worn out to me. Usually national park are meticulously maintained. The national park service ought to do better for this one, particularly for such a revered figure as Dr. King.
A must-see in Atlanta. This site contains the house where Dr. King was born, the church where he preached, his gravesite, and two small museums dedicated to his life. While the message is important and the content ever so relevant today, the site seems outdated and confusing to navigate.
Hopefully one day, the museums will be combined together and upgraded so that people can better learn the story and message of one of America's most important figures.
I loved my visit to this historic site. I stopped by the park without much expectation but it blew my mind. It provided me with a lot of history, free parking (albeit difficult to find) and the whole experience was free! Exhibitions were wonderful - I really enjoyed the brief 30 minute film on the biography of Dr. King. It's an excellent place for a visit to learn about the civil rights movement.
Very interesting if you're currently not so familiar with the black history and the civil rights movement. Shows a lot of historic stuff combined with pictures and films. You can visit the different historic spots of Martin Luther King Jr. Although it's still located in the poorer area of Atlanta, it's a very safe separated place to be. If you have the time, take the tour at his birth place.
Than you for the very interesting visit. Great documentation on Mr King life and struggling. Every surrounding feels like history also.
This was with no doubts the hit of my trip to Atlanta. It is a must see! Very inspiring and powerful videos / pictures at the museum. I got to see Martin Luther King Jr's house and I also visited his church. And you can literally listening to him preaching as they have some audios playing. Very exciting experience.
This is very well done and a moving experience. The videos were very powerful, both of Dr. King and of others. It was like pulling off a band-aid and finding gangrene. Feel like I understand this time in history better, although it is heartbreaking and painful to review.
An outright amazing experience. Every person of every race living in the United States should visit. The significance of Dr.King is and will be forever present. The events are well displayed and offer so much insight to a civil Rights movement that is still being engaged upon. Thank you to the King family for this wonderful gift. It's free to get in so no excuse is necessary.
This National Park was an amazing look into the life of a man who changed attitudes in America. We were able to visit the home and church where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, and through an excellent guide we learned about his parents, grandparents and siblings. The guide pointed to pieces of furniture and mad them come alive in his presentation.
The museum displayed pictures and items from this man's life, told stories, contained quotes and showed videos. The movie in the center was excellent and took us back to the 1950's and 1960's.
The only thing which needs improved is signage which leads to parking. The parking is convenient, but not where you would expect it. The entrance is two blocks behind the museum, and is connected by an excellent walkway.
In order to build a better future for all, we have to understand the past. This center captures one of the pivital time in our history.
It is a must stop not only as a wonderful place, but also a reflection of where we have been and the work that lies ahead.
Again, this is a stop beyond race, sex creed or color, but a journey for equality on many socioeconomic fronts. You are going to like the way you feel heading out of there.
Swung by on my way out of Atlanta to pay respect and homage to a truly great individual. I wish I could have spent hours, but only had minutes. This seems to be a must-visit.
Inspiring. Emotionally moving. The graves were under renovation at the time we visited, but we still payed our respect from afar. A recommended stop if you're coming through Georgia.
I got there early. It was very cold. I froze, and then thawed out. I like to be at appointments on time, so that's why I was there so early. I got in and got a seat when the door was opened though. The program from start to finish was amazing. If it is God's will and mercy for me to see 2019, I will be there again. My score is 100 percent.
Great place to go and get a historic feel. I'm very spiritual and felt very connected at his church and home. 1st time in Atlanta and had to come see for myself. It's legendary
A moving and empowering experience everyone should have. It's free too. Tour the house where MLK grew up and visit the church where generations of Kings preached. Here recordings of his speeches, walk through history with videos, displays and interactive exhibits. Walk of fame, Coretta's story, their grave markers and eternal flame and more all in this complex that rounds out the picture of MLK and his incredible non violent leadership in civil rights movement. Not just for the past but for our future!
Such a wonderful and liberating experience. The staff was very knowledgeable and passionate about their duties to educate everyone about Dr. King, his legacy, and the barriers he overcame during his era. We didn't get an opportunity to visit all of the exhibits, but my family will definitely go back again. Also, do not be surprised when you visit the house, there is no flash photography or cell phone usage allowed for copyright purposes and original decor.
Definitely read and use the information given under Plan Your Visit on the nps.gov/malu website. Especially if you're driving to the park and or will need to park your vehicle, once you arrive...
Because using any of the street addresses may take you to the wrong location depending on the online map service, your phone or GPS unit.
If the latter, then use the given GPS coordinates in your unit for best results...
And NOTE: That the entrance to the visitor parking lot is located on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.
GPS coordinates 33°45'32.43"N, 84°22'24.00"W can be used as your destination, in your map program for driving directions.
Once you arrive at the parking lot it's a short walk across Irwin Street and then down the Promenade to the Visitor Center. (See attached)
BTW, they have a great Junior Ranger booklet, but it seems to need some updating or someone needs to reorder the "patch" that it states you will earn upon completion.
There was a great deal actually to see once you included all the locations together with the visitor centre. Plenty of videos and photos there to take time over. But check it all out in advance as tours are limited and if you are not on a tour access is limited though you can look at the buildings from the outside. Not the easiest of places to understand the workings of.
This monument to MLK was sobering. The exhibits detail his journey in great detail, and give a good feel for what it must have been like for him to go through those difficult times. His tomb is right across the street and you can visit his childhood home if you get there early enough.
There is plenty of parking across the street but it is a little confusing as to how you get into it. The exhibit and monuments are all free to the public, which really makes this stop a must see.
This was my second time visiting. I was amazed as if it was my first time. We decide to take our children here for one of our spring break activities. All of the children had a great time. I recommend that everyone comes to experience this place at least once. It's a wonderful way to teach a person about their history and rich culture.
An awesome remembrance of a Great Leader & Man of God. It was a great experience to share with my son. For it deeply touched my heart as we visited his home and the King Monument, the videos and literature moved my spirit. Thanks Dr. King for ALL you've done for paving the way for me and my family. Never Forgotten
The Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia is a great place to visit. It spans several blocks on Auburn Avenue. The site includes several buildings that were important in the life of Dr. King. The Prince Hall Masonic Building was the first home of the Southern Christian Leadership Center which Dr. King worked with. The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church can be toured on your own and there are informational tours also. The King Birth Home can be toured also.It has been restored to the time of Dr. King's childhood circa 1930- 1940s. The National Park Service visitor Center has wonderful exhibits. One can also sign up for tours at the visitor center. Freedom Hall is located next to the eternal flame and Dr. And Mrs. Kong's Tomb. It houses exhibits on Rosa Parks, Dr. King and Ghandi. There is also a gift shop. When we visited it was the weekend of the 50th anniversary of his death and the events were being broadcast outside at the King Center. There is some parking that is free. This historical site is well worth the visit!!
The birthplace of the civil rights movement is a place I recommend visiting when in Atlanta. So much history in this one location. The home where Martin Luther King Jr can be toured but be prepared to get there early if you want to be able to register for the home tour. The tour is free. There is a museum you can visit, firehouse no. 6 is open too as well as the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. All areas are free of charge. Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated as you do a lot of walking through the area.
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Was able to visit here while attending a conference. I was lucky to find a spot on the original birth house tour. The stories from the park ranger were informative and entertaining. Only 16 max per tour so you are able to take a lot in. A must see for anyone in the Atlanta area for business or travel.
A must visit place for all people who are interested in learning about the Civil rights movement and Dr King. We enjoyed the park and its attractions. We also learned a few interesting little known facts by talking with the park rangers. Before leaving, we stopped by the tomb to pay or respects to the late Dr and Mrs King. My family will definitely be returning to the park to go on a guided tour to get the full experience.
Great learning experience! GO gain knowledge, wisdom and enlightenment from our peoples history. Help young minds grow and be aware. Best of all it has NO COST for a life changing experience. Walking is your only admission cost (also wheel chair and scooter friendly).
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Enjoyed my visit at this place. Really meaningful and so many interesting things inside. The best part is, is that it’s free entry! There’s also a theatre inside where you get to watch a short film on Martin Luther’s life growing up. The way the exhibition was set out was good.
The MLK Jr. National Historic Site is one of the places, like Ellis Island, that every American needs to see. We must understand the events of our past in order to understand the causes of our present discontents. The history of the Civil Rights movement is covered, ranging over arcs of time from slavery, to the lynching era, to the "Jim Crow" laws, to the Freedom Riders, to the March on Washington, to the present day struggles by many Americans for simple recognition and respect. Dr. King's soaring oratory is contrasted with his tactical leadership, as told in first-hand accounts by the leaders of the Civil Rights movement. One leaves with a better understanding of the issues and violence that the Civil Rights activists faced as they sought to form a "more perfect union."
It was a great experience a must go to a piece of history. Didn't tour the house got there to late. If you want to tour the house get there early to get your ticket. (Fyi get rid of that trump in the room with the Carriage that destroys the whole Atmosphere.) Other than that great!!!
I was elated to experience the tour and see the place where Dr. King was raised and worshipped. This trip for my family was a very historic one I’m proud to say I saw it all. I’m thankful for the experience and to teach my children about a great man. This area generally has a lot of visitors and parking is hard to come by. Be sure to bring cash for the lots nearby, try to get there early bring water and a light snack. The summer was very hot, comfortable shoes and clothing is best. Lastly, enjoy this experience with your family!
Spiritually, mentally, & emotionally gratifying. I grew up on those same beliefs taught to me by my mother anyways so it truly reaffirms to me that those same non-violent social belief methods for peace will still work in today's society. MAY WORLD PEACE BE UNTO ALL ON MOTHER EARTH🤘🤘🤘💓💓💓💕LET'S ALL GET ALONG. Oh yeah and the exhibits were great & detailed-the water way & peace garden w statement plagues from children beautiful. Walk of fame felt like walking w all those who me did it. You'll be beyond greatfull you went to all this
The city has done a great job preserving artifacts to create this historical park. I like how the center focuses & targets youth in the role they played & can play in change. Be prepared to do some walking and parking is extremely limited. Also if you plan to view the home, come early to reserve because it fills quickly. We were not able to view.
The experience seems surreal as you listen to his sermons and view the wagon which carried his casket. Very touching.
The fountain here is very beautiful. Chapel available. Exhibits are modest. The whole neighborhood is well celebrated and informative. Hard to find the right entrances for exhibits vs. administrative, but the extra steps were not wasted. The grounds could stand on their own with the attention to detail.
The memorial, built around 50 years ago by Martin Luther King's wife, is a wonderful place where to honour Dr. King's memory.
I love the exhibit which tells more about his life, and also the house where he was born and the church where he was preaching.
All these are memorable places worth to visit!
Great place to visit. I can't describe the feeling or connection I felt walking around the park, reading the passages on the walls, and visiting inside the museum. All I can say is that the feelings were surreal, and unlike any other connection to our past that I've ever felt before. A must see for all ages. Sincere thanks to the family of Dr. Martin Luther King the continuance of his legacy. I left there with a brand new outlook on humanity and a dream of a free world. Uplifting is a good word to describe this place. Thank you Dr. King for the legacy you left behind. Your people are far more greatful than you could have ever imagined us to be. Thank you!
I visited the Martin Luther King Junior national historic park (free) with no expectations of what to find and came away changed. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man who spoke of peace and harmony. The museum was put together in a logical timeline with interactive displays, great videos, and room for many visitors to stand in one area and experience the legacy of Martin Luther King together. I appreciated that unity. The displays left me touched in a positive way and wishing that people of all nationalities, color, gender, religion could get along in the way that Martin Luther King preached and led. He was and is a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Thank you for this terrific National park.
Great history. Very educational. Went with some international college students. This is a great site for people of all nations. It has a special emphasis on youth and young adult activism which I appreciated. And it's free!
Definitely worth a visit when in Atlanta since it is a part of American history! What’s great about it is that it is free, but make sure you come early to tour MLK Jr’s birth house as tickets sell out! Each tour group only accommodates 15 people. You could also pay your respects to Dr King and his wife as their tombs are located there as well.
One of the great places to visit in Atlanta that has so much meaning. There is a free short film that I highly recommend. There are many exhibits so plan accordingly and prepare for a bit longer if it is a holiday weekend. I went on Indigenous People Day(Only Christophers we celebrate are Wallace and Big Pun)with the family.
As I walked into the Ebenezer Baptist Church, it was easy to envision the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. A shiver went up and down my spine. There is so much history here that I am certain I could not convey it with these few words.
I was delighted that it was free and there is so much that I did not have time to explore everything I want. One could easily spend hours here; however, the highlights can be experienced in 10 minutes or even less if absolutely necessary.
Overall, it was a highly positive experience!
My Family And I Attend The Martin Luther King Center On A Yearly Basis To Pay Our Respects To The Hero And Father Of The Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King. The King Center Is A Very Humble Place That People Will Enjoy Who Love History And The Courage Of American Freedom. The Center Is Kept Neat Clean And Orderly. Please take your family and enjoy it
You should do yourself the favor and come visit this exhibit. It is free, and honestly, I am almost offended that they did not charge me at least $10 at the door. If you live anywhere near the area, you should go visit this wonderful place dedicated to a truly exemplar human. His story is well told, his background and world put into context, and each picture worth inspecting and every line worth reading. Schedule a day trip, you might want to be a while. Bravo, bravo.
I was blessed to see and learn so much. It reinforced what I already knew. Civil Rights can only be won when we realize that the gospel of Christ preached and Godly men and women of all nationalities join hands nothing is impossible.
A very moving exhibit. We only got to go around the visitors center. Honestly, there wasn't enough time and hope to make a return. The actions of Dr. King and those who followed him continue to inspire to this day. It's free and a great way to pass all knowledge and reinforce the principles of equality.
I am so glad this place exists... So informative and emotional at the same time! Understanding the struggles that were had and how they somewhat became overcame is interesting... The feeling of liberation at this park brings a new feel for life... I Absolutely loved it!
i love history. and to see this place its honor for me. clean and safe area. a lot to see be sure you are there at least one before they close. hard to found the parking its behind the new church and its free
Our family had a great time talking in the history of the civil rights movement and getting a tour of the birth home. I highly recommend signing up for the tour of the home. It's free.
Fantastic exhibit detailing the life and work of Dr. King. Accessible from downtown by streetcar, bus, or my favorite: Jump bicycle (these are electric boost bikes accessible through an app. You still have to pedal the bike, but it conquers downtown's hill's with minimal effort)
All of the exhibits in the central park are free. Dr. King's home is located a bit farther down the street to the East. My group and I did not realize this and did not plan enough time to see it. You also need a ticket to see it. Make sure you plan enough time because there are a lot of exhibits to see here.
The neighborhood is "up and coming". Parking is 10 per two hours in the adjacent lot and street parking is available. Everything is pretty much in walking distance. Tours were sold out at 2pm when we got in but you can walk around to see the graves and the historical church.
I honestly enjoyed every aspect of this museum! I enjoyed seeing the church he used to preach at, his house and the memory pool where Dr. King and his wife were laid to rest. At some points, I felt like I was there. Some parts were somber, especially the sections that were more geared towards the Civil Rights Movement versus the childhood of Dr. King. Overall, the experience was amazing. Pictures do not do it justice!
Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the greatest heroes America has ever produced, and I can't think of anything more worthwhile to do if you're in Atlanta, than visiting his memorial. It's tricky to rate, since this site is so many different things it's basically it's own neighborhood. Some of it is very well designed and organized, and some of it is kind of thrown together in terms of information, BUT the historical significance is there throughout. I'd recommend visiting his former church and his childhood home above all else. It's the visitor center that was surprisingly a bit underwhelming. I am glad however that this site is now paid the respect of finally being recognized as a National Park.
This is a must visit family place for all Americans and people of good will and spirit from all over the world to experience, absorb and appreciate.
The King of Peace left a lasting legacy for us, we people of consciousness, the impact, dignity, compassion, love and the power that is found in all our humanity.
I was pleased to see visitors here today from all walks of life, black, white, young and old alike sharing our common American journey.
Peace and Respect.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park consists of several buildings in Atlanta, Georgia, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his father Martin Luther King Sr. and he were pastors. These places, critical to the interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, were included in the park when it was established on October 10, 1980. Formerly a National Historic Site, the unit was redesignated as a National Historical Park on January 8, 2018 by U.S. President Donald Trump.
In total, the buildings included in the site make up 35 acres (0.14 km²). The visitor center contains a museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement and the path of Martin Luther King Jr. An 1894 firehouse (Fire Station No. 6) served the Sweet Auburn community until 1991, and now contains a gift shop and an exhibit on desegregation in the Atlanta Fire Department. The "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden, and a memorial tribute to Mohandas K. Gandhi are part of the site, as is the "International Civil Rights Walk of Fame" which commemorates some of the courageous pioneers who worked for social justice.
This museum brought back a lot of my childhood memories. It reminded me of the struggles of the. Freedom Riders and how social change can work for the good of people. Great videos and film clips. Relive the experiences of the Civil Rights leaders. Learn about politicians who were leaders and those that obstructed social justice. Learn what hatred and bigotry are and how they hurt us as a people. Great place.
Very busy area, easy area to access, security guard wanted to show his authority. Considering Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a cultural icon I expected more, but it was a large 2 foot deep pool with his crypt centered above the water line. It was not what I expected. But I do believe he was a God fearing Christian man that should be respected for his faith and his desire to change our country for the betterment of race relations. His "I have a dream speech" is one of the most powerful speeches I've heard. It inspired me to visit his grave, I thank God for people like him. Willing to die for a cause is what separates hero's from the rest of humanity. He is a hero to his race and a Godly example to all man kind.
A nice place to know deeper into Dr. Kings’ life. It makes me feel like a real person is standing in front of me. But if interested in more comprehensive about the civil rights movement for the Africa Americans, Center for Civil and Human Right is definitely the place you don’t wanna miss.
An amazing experience. My girlfriend and I were lucky to get a chance to be in the last tour group of the day. It was so humbling to see Martin Luther King's childhood home and hear the story of how he grew up and all that he did. I enjoyed my experience here.
This place is amazing. To be able to follow Dr. King's life not only as a father but as an activist for civil rights is amazing. To see where he was born, raised and the church he attended and became a part of is incredible. The moment you walk in, the emotions overwhelm you as you walk in his shoes and those who walked and or marched beside him.
I highly, highly recommend going here with a family and kids, or even friends. I went alone and there is so much to learn and appreciate here. I love learning about civil rights history and there’s lots of pictures and artifacts if younger kids don’t want to read. They offer guided tours (15 people per tour) of Dr. Kings house every day, which starts at 9 or 10am and it’s first come first serve so I recommend coming as early as possible. I came at 3 pm and all the tours were already booked up for the day. The tours are free but there’s a souvenir shop in the house next to Dr. King’s which you can buy many civil rights books, even cook books, water bottles, post cards, etc at. Such an amazing experience for tourists and Atlanta natives. I encourage everyone to go at least once!
The National Historic Site was so well designed, informative and moving. I highly recommend a visit. The museum exhibits were great. If you want a house tour, reserve early so you can get a spot. The grounds are beautiful. The included memorabilia and video/audio presentations are tremendous. Listening to the audio of his last sermon which his wife had played at his funeral gave me goose bumps.
So much to see and do, I can't describe it all! I felt as though I walked through and touched a huge part of history.
Take the time to go to Atlanta, GA and visit this awe-inspiring place! I know that you will find it is a part of our history that is truly indelible.
This is a MUST SEE destination in Atlanta that seems to miss all of the major lists. I visited this national park over the course of two hours and learned so much about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and others who had major roles in civil rights and beyond. The museum was sad, horrifying, and uplifting all at once. It is definitely child appropriate (there were several groups of children when I went). You can take a free tour of ML King's birth home, his church, and there are several gift shops throughout the block. The stunning memorial has a water feature reminiscent of the national mall and the tombs of Dr King and Coretta Scott King are situated directly across from an eternal flame. The entire visit was moving. There is ample free parking and a visitor's guide makes navigating the park simple. The only issue I had was with the number of panhandlers in the park and out on the street. I didn't always feel safe to walk around by myself. That being said, this is a national treasure. MUCH nicer than the one in DC under the Lincoln memorial.
We arrived after the museum had closed for the day. Still was able to walk about the outside area and take in the very moving reflecting pool. We also crossed over the the outside area of the museum and read each one of the plaques around the rose garden. Quite beautiful.
There was a well dressed man offering pamphlets and then asking for "donations".
Unbelievable to be in Ebeneezer Baptist Church. Having been a life-long admirer of Dr. King, it was definitely the experience of a lifetime. My only "wish" would be for a safer feeling walk from the MARTA train station to the Historic Site. My son and me were stopped numerous times by homeless panhandlers, some even handing out pamphlets and claiming to represent the Historic Site, and asked for money. The walk from the train station to the historic sites certainly wouldn't be something that I would want to do after dark, especially if I were unfamiliar with the area. I think the entire experience would be much better with some form of transportation from the train station to Auburn Avenue.
Excellent and a must see. Be sure to do the birth home tour. Everything is free including parking and well laid out.We went in summer and the roses were in full bloom. The church, visitors center and birth tour are doable in a few hours. Great places to eat nearby if your not afraid of a few rough looking streets. People are friendly. But you will be asked for spare change by some needy people.
A must visit when in Atlanta! It is free, historically significant, and far less crowded than many of the the other more popular tourist destinations. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the park was amazing. It has undergone additional updates following it's recent designation as a national historical park and looks outstanding. Great job guys! Put this on your agenda and skip the lines at the Aquarium and at Cocoa Cola.
This is the best thing yet to happen to Atlanta. Authentic history of the Civil Right Movement, extremely educational, extremely heartbreaking consider the greatest source of History depiction the African American experiences in Georgia. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And Coretta Scott King are both buried on site, inside the reflecting pool. The Auburn Avenue, Dr. King birth house, this is the area where blacks live and thrive. Auburn Avenue doing it Heyday was considered the richest black street in the world. Here you have wheat Street Baptist Church and Atlanta Life Insurance Company was founded on this street, madam CJ Walker sales representative had an office/hair salon on this street, even a Bottling Company was on this street black owned and operated, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site area is where Martin Luther King Jr lived until he was 12 years old and this community has been restored back to his first twelve years of life.
Wonderful, wonderful, and wonderful. I could feel l the present of the past. Very powerful. Young people, especially young men, need to study their history so that they can gain a sense of pride. Simply wonderful. Thank you King family for your sacrifice.
It's great that this historical place is free to visit and park. Everyone should come here at least once. Information about Dr King's life and work is displayed in a respectful manner and rangers are always available to answer questions
Free parking, free entrance to both the museum & the church he preached in. There are a few short video & audio presentations throughout both. Overall you can easily spend 2+ hours reading, watching, and listening to all of the information they have here. I've been here several times over the years, and it's still enjoyable & interesting to take family & friends here when they come to Atlanta. There's also an awesome park outside, if your kids need to run around like mine did.
It's a short walk to his home, though, just a heads up: you have to pay to tour inside his home.
One of the best stops I've ever made in Atlanta. The feeling you get when you walk into Ebenezer is something I've never felt before. To hear Dr Martin Luther King preaching over the speaks was so moving. The grounds around the church were beautiful. His burial site will leave you speechless. For a moment the world is at peace and everything is ok.
I really enjoyed my trip Martin Luther King's! The best part was! When I went into the church! I felt spiritual energy! That was the best out of all of it. Thank u Georgia for showing me!
I was humbled to be in this historic house of worship! I stood in the same place so many other people have been to; pray, worship, learn, sing, praise, mourn, laugh, organize, grow, love, hope & share. When we are honest as we recall all of our past, we have true hope for changing our future! Thank you Atlanta, Ebenezer Baptist Church, National Park Service, citizens of Sweet Auburn, and everyone who helps to diligently maintain and safeguard this cornerstone of our American heritage!
Great Place! If you are in Atlanta, Go! We all need to appreciate and Remember! Always Remember! Let's not make the same mistakes and learn from the past. loved this place.
I loved the entire park/historical landmarks. It evoked plenty emotions in me of the past and its significant importance to this day. I would definitely recommend this park to anyone interested in history and Dr. Kings remarkable life story.
PARKING is FREE for 2 hours, there's several parking areas within walking distance (3-5mins), just Google Map parking and you'll find it. The birth house tour is FREE but you must first head to the front desk/reception area to get your free ticket(s). For the rest, the Baptist church, Dr. King & Mrs. Scott King resting place, the museum, and the fire house are all free entree. There's also gift shops and souvenirs that you can buy on the premises, and the areas are handicap suitable.
Very nice at most importantly inspirational. I felt like I was a part of history while we were visiting. They also have great novelties to take back home to family that have great meanings. I love positive quotes and the gift shop is full of them, both from MLK and his Queen.
This place was amazing!! So much to see.. So much history! And its all free! Great for a family outting or even a cheap date. Places to picnic or grab a bite from a near by restaurant. Beautiful landscapes perfect for pictures and picnics.
This is a great site to visit when you're in Atlanta I really enjoyed myself me and my family wanted to do the house tour but by the time we got to the house it was closed for the day. We went on a Friday and they close the house tour at 4 p.m. but other than that this was a great visit.
I have visited the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on several occasions over the years. I highly recommend everyone take the opportunity to visit this site should you be in the Atlanta area. There is no cost of entry or to park; I have always been able to find a parking spot close by.
On one occasion we were able to sit in on a live presentation by one of the Park Rangers who attended Ebenezer Baptist at the same time as Dr King. This was, by far, our most memorable visit. On our most recent visit, however, the ranger informed us that such presentations no longer take place.
It is incredibly inspirational to be in the very church where Dr Martin Luther King, Jr grew up and preached. Dr King’s message of unity and peace is clearly demonstrated in the church and park on the same grounds.
The only criticism I have is I have encountered several other visitors who have been much less than friendly. It seems Dr King’s message of love and acceptance are not necessarily ascribed to by everyone who visits.
All said, this site is a MUST VISIT!
This is a must see in Atlanta. I learned a great deal more about the trials that Martin Luther King went through. He did so much good for the world and we are better off because of his peaceable ways. There are a lot of videos and displays. It was touching to tour his older church too.
Very informative and interesting museum to visit. It immerses you into the atmosphere of the era with video and displays materials. Must visit place to understand life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
I was on vacation in Atlanta for a week. My partner and I decided to go into the city and explore. We went to this great plane, it was serreal that this is history. A great man was present there and I got to see it all with my own eyes. There is so much to see and discover, you could be there for a good few hours just looking and reading everything. The atmosphere was calm and it was a great plane to visit. Its all free and they have a little gift shop where you can buy little things. The tour guide did a great job, the information he shared was really good. Visit there if you can.
Great place for schools trip or family trip. Very enlightening and educational. Self explanatory so no official for needed. Could be emotional for older generations. Would definitely return and recommend. My 11yr old found it extremely interesting.
I initially visited the Martin Luther King Jr. site in July of 2017 while spending my birthday in Atlanta. I was extremely moved by seeing his life story and seeing the correlation between his life and how his contribution to American history affected the life of former President Jimmy Carter. I have since moved to Georgia in the latter months of 2019 and I went back for the first time in two and a half years yesterday. They went all out for the celebration of his life. There were so many people taking in the sights of this day. I can now visit this all important historical site anytime.
I really loved visiting. It was great reflecting on the person he was and all that he accomplished at his young age. He was a man with a tremendous love for God and a deep desire to serve Him. I missed the tour of ML's childhood home because they were full for the day. Get your tickets early in the morning if you plan on visiting the house. Everything is free and there was plenty of parking. The place was clean and everyone was friendly and helpful. I spent about three hours there, watching the videos and taking everything in. It's a wonderful place and would love to come back.
Lived very near here for many years ..and then my children's grandmother lived just a quick walk away from it.. we often saw it, while walking through told our 3 children when they were little, all about the history of our late great Dr. Martin Luther King. I am glad it did not go into a state of disrepair, and am extremely grateful that we had the opportunity to live near here before gentrification boomed after the 96 Olympics.
His truly prophetic , "I Have a Dream" speech still affects us to this day, as my children do live that dream ...and have grown-up never judging others based on their culture, skin color, religion, origins, or anything other than the person's own Merit. This owed humbly yet honorably to our very own Atlantan , Martin Luther King.
Very interesting set of historical buildings in the area. From the church the King Family pastor'd to the King Family House. The King Birth House is a great tour if you can get tickets. Tickets are limited and must be obtained at the Visitor Center first. Then you get your tickets, from the visitor center, at the distribution time, then go on the tour. Highly worth getting there promptly at 9am to ensure you get tickets.
Great place to go to learn about history. The short film is very informative, shown at the historical site, in the theater. Some of the displays are interactive.
To get into the birthplace home of MLK, you have to be a little strategic. They only have limited viewing. Call ahead for the most up-to-date details. Plan on getting here early and being placed on a list for your actual viewing time.
Well worth the visit.🙌🏿
As a visitor, I didn't know much about the civil rights movement and was glad I visited this site during a layover in Atlanta. It was emotionally moving and informative on American history. Definitely recommend dropping by for a visit.
Definitely was a great experience. The park was clean and felt honored to visit. Loved it.
The King Memorial is a must see in Atlanta. Although closed due to Covid 19 the outer sights of the Memorial are accessible.
So much history. I am grateful to be in the same location as my ancestors. MLK the great!
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