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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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Daryl W


The more I talk to my father's generation the more I am impressed with this monument: " I can't say anything is impossible .... I catch myself saying it and Obama comes on the television. Or you see something like this.... It IS truly amazing"

Joy B


There is a library not too far from the monument that is "hidden" in the bookstore. The volumes that are for sale will transform your thinking about the Black intellectual canon of which Dr. King was a part. This is an amazing memorial and I LOVE that it was sponsored in part by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha.



I traveled with my parents and my sister to this awesome memorial. It was also during the cherry blossom festival. The site was packed and we had rainy weather; but a good time was had by all.

Rodd T


Excellent experience that took far too long to bring to the public this essential part of history. I hope future historical monuments, dedications and acknowledgements will be timely and accurately portray history truthfully.

Lucy D


I think the Memorial is relatively well done. The designers had a lot of foresight to place it near the Tidal Basin. The tour guide said that this location was chosen because the anniversary of his death coincides with the typical blooming time of the cherry blossoms. So every year there's a natural wreath of flowers to commemorate his passing.

Martin B


Growing up in Washington DC Martin Luther King Jr. was one of my childhood heros and it was very moving to see the Memorial. Make sure to take the time to read the wonderful quotes on the wall.

One of King's quotes that I love is: "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

I personally loved that the statue was facing the Jefferson Memorial across the tidal basin considering that I was named after Martin Luther of the Lutheran Church (as was King) and I was born on Thomas Jefferson's birthday. My parents told me that they also considered naming me Tomas because of my birthdate but choose Martin making me the III. I am so glad they picked Martin.

Mo H


DC is full of amazing monuments and MLK is a great new addition. My favorite part is all the quotes engraved throughout. Definitely worth visiting at night, though photos come out way better during the day.



August 28 2014 marks 51 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech in Washington DC. This is a very moving and powerful memorial chiseled out of solid granite reflective of Dr. Kings leadership. Dr. King led the biggest civil rights demonstration in the nation’s history and is a worldwide symbol for breaking down barriers. The Memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. was dedicated August 28 2011

Jay R


Amazing memorial you really have to see in person to appreciate. Very easy to get to and the grounds are well designed to provide lots of room to move around and see from different angles.

Mady J


Martin Luther King Memorial is one of the few Memorial in Washington DC that doesn't represent any of the 48 Presidents of the United States. This alone gives you an idea of the importance of the civil right movement and the man behind it. MLK Memorial is absolutely stunning, I am here every other weekend hosting a monument bike tour.One of the best times to visit this memorial is during the Cherry Blossom festival around the tidal basin river. If you are visiting Washington DC this memorial should be on your list of things to see.

Cara T


My kids enjoyed learning about Dr. King and what his vision was for the free world

Farkhod A


Great piece of architecture, great location. Rangers always around to enlighten you with interesting historic facts. Loved it!

Charles C


Dr. Kings memorial is a wonderful design. The mountain has been loved and he is carved larger than life, and beautifully done. His philosophy is carved in excellently selected ideas that are panoramic behind him. His words live on. His ideas are so powerful and are need now to continue to move our nation and mankind forward. A fitting tribute to real leader.

Ginger J


An awesome tribute to a great man of vision.

Chiquandra C


Beautiful. Humbling. Powerful.

kevin c


A great memorial to the man who wanted,taught, and practiced peaceful protest, unlike today of course.

Jacob V


The statute itself was good. It was just the surrounding walls around it that I found too hard to understand.

Dan B


MLK deserved an amazing monument, but it looks very different than all the other ones.

Brian H


This is a very amazing monument to see if you're in the city. Very nice tribute to him.

Peter Z


very awe inspiring and great

Austin G


One of DC's newest memorials and definitely worth the visit if you're in DC. It's just off the National Mall directly opposite from the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin. It only takes about 15 minutes to go through it. Take time to read all of MLK's quotes (very inspiring) and once you see the statue, turn around and enjoy the beautiful view of the Jefferson Memorial. Also, take time to walk around the entire Tidal Basin stopping by the FDR Memorial along the way.

Monico H


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is one of my favorites to visit whenever I'm in Washington, DC. I love the "Stone of Hope" statue along with the many thought provoking quotes that ring the memorial.

It's perfectly located on the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial and the National Mall.

If you're in to photography then I recommend stopping in first thing in the morning when the sun is rising and the crowd levels are low. If you're adventurous then you should make a point of stopping in during peak bloom of the cherry blossoms (but be ready for some serious crowds).

Bob K


This is one of the most underrated monuments in DC. The layout is stunning and the visuals are memorable. Extremely well done.

Craig F


Stunning memorial to one of the most influential men in the last one hundred years. Our country and every person in it owes him a huge debt of gratitude and the memorial is very fitting. It reminds us that there is so much more to do to make sure every person is treated equally, fairly and can live the American Dream in safety and peace.

Nelson C


DC's newest memorial. Great statue representing the man but the quotes along the walls of the memorial are way more powerful.

Jason G


This newer memorial is a great stop while touring DC. It honors Dr. King and his "I have a dream" speech. Dr. King stands larger than life looking out over the Potomac. It is right next to the FDR memorial and near the cherry blossoms.

Felix C


"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." - MLK

Sonja R


Wonderful monument. I loved being able to read some deep quotes from such an amazing person while enjoying nature as well.

William T


Memeable exerience. There was a large croud and the entire time i couldn't see due to the fact that i am 5'10 and the people in front of me we're at least 6'2

Rick S


This memorial pays a good tribute to a great civil rights leader. It has 14 quotes from Dr. King's canon of rhetoric, centered around themes of equality, democracy, and justice. The statue itself also makes a very powerful statement whose message is still very relevant today.

Robert B


This is an absolutely stunning Memorial to one of the best civil rights leaders That Ever Walked the earth. I would highly recommend seeing this one in the early morning or just after Sunset both times are spectacular during the day it's kind of plain to be honest with you but in the early morning and right at Sunset it's it's really really incredible. At night time it's lit very well to showcase the features of the memorial.

Stephen M


A beautiful tribute and newest addition to DC's many memorials. The MLK Memorial is DC's newest memorial. Its beautifully located just south from the Lincoln Memorial, over looking the Tidal Basin towards the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. MLK himself is shown emerging from a large white block of stone that is cut from the center of what appears to be a mountain, made of the same white stone, just a few yard behind it. Its all set in a broad plaza that provides a beautiful vantage point for taking in the proud and fitting monument to a man who is hailed as one of our Nation's greatest civil rights leader of all times. Very fitting and noble.

Ben G


I love this memorial. All of the quotes on the wall are spot on. I would definitely suggest taking the time out just to walk through here but the read all the quote some the wall.

Robert J


Awesome monument, intense. A bit of of the way of your walking the mall, don't skip it. This monument was definitely built with night time visiting in mind. The lighting is dramatic and more than sufficient to read all of the great quotes from this powerful civil rights leader.

Eddie M


Washington D.C.'s newest monument. Intense and inspiring look at the great Civil Rights leader. Although it's a bit of a distance from the Mall, it's well worth the walk to see. Come early in the morning or later at night to avoid the crowds and school field trips. Worth seeing at night with the lighting creating a deep and thoughtful mood. Stunning views of the Jefferson Memorial, which is just situated across from the Tidal Basin.

Tim T


A truly great man is, unfortunately, commemorated with what can only be described as a blemish on the mall. This is a profoundly misjudged, poorly designed piece of monumental kitsch. The marble looks like nothing so much as faux stone concrete. Just a colossal mistake and a travesty.

Avster F


Went at night. Magnificent sculpture. The artist did fantastic work with his hands. The quotes around the perimeter are as true today as they were in the 60s. Nice view of the Jefferson memorial from the MLK statue.

Dalton B


Amazing memorial to America's greatest civil rights leader. The memorial is carved into a pristine white granite stone, and there are more polished stones with King's many quotes engraved on them. The cherry blossoms also line the basin, and they pass through the memorial. King's pose is very striking. Even the entryway is awe inspiring.

Jeneba J


I've taken many family and friends here since it opened recently. It is one of my fave memorials.

I love the King quotes along the wall. The statue itself is magnanimous and breathtaking.

I love the view from across the river and being able to see the Jefferson and Lincoln memorial not far.

The grounds are serene and the guests that come are international and varied.

Great monument!

Kraig W


Beautiful monument in honor of a great man. The quotes all along the wall are great to read and think on. And very nice being right up against the water.

Hannah W


Incredibly powerful monument and space. Try to get there early in the morning (before the crowds) to truly appreciate MLK. His quotes line the walls, so be sure to walk around those as well. Stands out beautifully against a blue sky.

Alan H


The MLK Memorial is so much different from the rest of them. You have to see it for yourself. On top of that, it's right on the water so you can enjoy a nice cool stroll with a view before or after your visit.

Capt. G


National Parks, celebrating 100 Years of Service, A tribute to Martin Luther King in the Nations Capital. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover".

Mark Twain

Monica L


This memorial is simply beautiful! I love the quotes on the wall. My children read each one aloud. The entrance is very dramatic and it's more beautiful to come all the way in and turn around. The memorial rests right on the water, so the evening sunset view is amazing! This is a must see if you are visiting Washington D.C.!

Candelaria B


Part of traveling I think is to eat of the plate of diversity. The African American Nation has a history of struggles and victories.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is an iconic representation of this worldwide hero. It is free and open to the public. It sits near the water and it helps even when it is hot outdoors. Just like many of the sites in DC, this place too requires reflection. Observe the lines on the statue and concentrate on the size of the sculpture. Like the personality of this civil right leader, the statue is tall and grandeur.

One more thing you should do is to read the series of words all around the site. These are words that the good doctor wrote and they are insightful. These words too challenge the mind and heart to make this world a better place for the good of all – wise travels.



Martin Luther King, Jr., burned with the gospel of freedom, and that flame in his heart lit the way for millions. What he accomplished -- not just for black Americans, but for all Americans -- he lifted a heavy burden from this country.

Joe R


Nice monument. Great place to reflect on the contributions of a great man. The kids enjoyed visiting this monument and learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert L


I enjoyed the visit, with family and friends. The was a ranger their that gave us some interesting information. It is a must see along with the African History Museum.

John D


Especially beautiful at night, but a place of gravitas anytime of day. Spend some time reading the quotes on the wall.

Hillary S


He's very large. Those with kids, please watch them, Tidal Basin is deep and there's not much of a railing.

Arthur S


I can remember almost everything about

Dr Martin Luther. King ,The speeches he

Spoke, The. Pronounciation. of thewords

he spoke them in.

But the one thing i will never ever. forget

( I Have ADream).

Petra H


This is a gorgeous monument to one of our country's most enduring voices for freedom. The statues are on a grand scale, and the view of the Tidal Basin and the other monuments are outstanding. Between this and the Roosevelt Memorial Park, the southern end of the Tidal Basin is the new must-visit location in the area.

Sean B


Powerful monument! The detail the sculptor was able to translate into stone is breathtaking. One of my favorite monuments on the Mall.

Jamie L


This was one of my favorite parts of our time in DC. This incredible monument is fitting for the brilliant man it was made to remember. A fascinating part of the capital and definitely worth a visit during your time in DC.

Hamdi C


It was great seeing this statue. The statue is very profound and apparent; very well finished. It wasn't that crowded during the time my girlfriend and I went

Andrea M


Goosebumps experience! The evening view of this exhibit was breathtakingly beautiful and awe inspiring. I will be back again.

Illsoo K


The statue is near the place where he delivered " I have a dream" speech. It is no wonder that many tourists of diverse ethnic immigrant groups gathered around this statue.

Raghu L


Excellent place. The only person who got the memorial park not served in government. Imagine the impact he made to people and history. Hats off.

Christopher P


As with many of the monuments, large impressive clear. I'm that the essence is well captured.

Debbie A


This is a nice memorial area dedicated to Dr. King. I enjoyed reading his quotes which have been etched into the stone wall that is part of this memorial area. The setting is peaceful and it's nice to walk along the Tidal Basin. The statue commemorating Dr. King is very impressive also.

Clotee L


Lovely, serene park to relect on the life and philosophy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The wall is filled with quotes from his many speeches and books. Worthy of more than one visit.

Allie M


We went at night and it was still a little crowded. There are multiple entrances and very little parking. While the sculpture itself is neat to see, the other parts of the memorial need much less time to see.

Michael C


Nice memorial. Lots of quotes to read. Great day or night.

QoQo L


The monument was intimate and impactful. I love the fact that it was on the water. Something very significant about that.And quotes were more than inspiring.

stephen f


Well worth a visit. Such a grand monument and well worthy of it Is Dr King. Quotes etched around the main statue also very nice.

Adrian S


I visited this memorial for the first time during Labor Day weekend, September 2013, with my wife and months-old son, while I was at Ft. Meade for a course. It was in the late evening. I felt tears well up in my eyes the first time I entered and then came around to see what everyone was staring up at...the "stone of hope" separated from the "mountain of despair." The words attributed to this man along the wall behind the "stone" that resemble sound bytes from history, echoing into eternity. It was the largest lump in my throat I've had to swallow since the happy day I married my wife. I've seen this memorial once more, February 2017. Like with the Lincoln Memorial, I feel many things such as humbleness, awe, a deep sadness, but mostly hope and inspiration. It is similar to diving into a pool, touching the bottom, and then swimming back up to the surface for air.

When I'm here, I am aware of the voices of other people and the faint sounds of traffic out on the road. But unlike the Lincoln, when people visit MLK, Jr. Memorial, they are noticeably more quiet and speak in low tones close to whispers. It's the sheer magnitude of knowing how this person inspired an entire people, influenced two U.S. presidents, and helped launch probably the most significant movement for fair and equal and civil treatment of all people, by calling out the injustices of the country and helping legislate the essence of civil rights to which all people are entitled.

I like the concept of this memorial, how MLK, Jr. is immortalized in stone as if he literally emerged from the earth. Yet he remains part of the stone, having not emerged completely out of it, because unfortunately he was returned violently back to the earth before he lived 40 years, before he ever really saw the promised land he alluded to in "I Have a Dream." By moving a piece of a hard mountain away, Dr. King softened the heart of America that had in many ways remained indifferent to the awful things people had to endure. He engineered awareness coupled with the media that had the ability to shine a penetrating bright light onto the ugly darkness of Jim Crow, also showing an entire people's peaceful, non-violent approach and reaction to the unthinkable violence committed unto them by those who absolutely loathed any attempt at desegregation and elimination of the bullcrap "separate but equal" beliefs people harbored.

He is one of the clearest epitomes of living life to the fullest, answering one's call, and knowing that there isn't 40 or 50, not even 20 years guaranteed in which you'll accomplish some vision you dreamed. A lot happened in his 39 years. He helped accomplish something that was overdue just over 100 years before.

There are many people today who do not appreciate the paving of the roads this movement accomplished. But many definitely do, and cannot deny, this was one of the greatest Americans.

Rodney C


Great landmark to visit while in DC. The monument looks awesome and the view from there looks incredible as you can see the Jefferson memorial from across the water.

Nikki S


So many people to share the experience with. Very awesome piece of art, which represents history. Go see it! Beautiful view all around.

Matthew G


A great statue to experience in person. What an icon in American history, or world history in general. The statue is big, which is a great sign of apprecitation.

Nina M


I've seen pictures of this MLK Memorial but they do no justice. It sits on the water within a serene setting. The quotes etched in granite walls are moving and at times can move one to tears. Dr. King's legacy is celebrated and it is an honor to have his statue of hope erected in a place that seems hopeless at times. Standing there reminds me of the ones the came before me. What a beautiful sight.

Tasha K


Amazimg memorial. But I wish there was more. Maybe an actual museum with information about him, his life, family, beliefs, and how hes affected our country. He deserves more then just a statue. The location is breathtakingly beautiful with all the greenery and the tidal basin right there. You can also choose to walk along the tidal basin to get to the Jefferson memorial and it looks like an amazing walk.

Matt K


Very artistic and honorable memorial. Love the inscription "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope" alongside his sculpture which looks as if it's been cut out of a mountain.

Todd S


Amazing! This has been on my must do list since it opened. Was blessed to walk through it yesterday. It did not disappoint. My wife and I loved it. We saw it at sunset, which just added to the experience. A must see when you’re in D.C.

Mat S


The design is interesting; however, the monument does take into account that the Reverend Doctor Martin Luthiler King Jr. was a Baptist Minister. The quotes used in the memorial are completely secular. While I have no issue with these quotes , the ommission of other quotes fails to paint a complete picture of this amazing man.



While it is simple in design, the symbolism is POWERFUL. Very fitting for this astonishing man. The memorial is a must see, my personal favorite!

Peter K


Hoping they expand this area to include a museum that explains his history. Right now, it's just some sculptures and his most famous quotes engraved in stone which doesn't seem to do him enough justice.

But still worth a visit particularly if you are already planning to walk along the lake to the FDR and Jefferson memorials.

Jaret S


This is a truly remarkable memorial to one of America's most remarkable men. Most pictures do not do this statue justice, and you must go see it in person to appreciate it. Dr. King was and continues to be an inspiration, and this memorial is a great place to ponder his words and his Dream.

Patricia W


Couldn’t leave DC without paying my respects to one of the few African American men that the world recognizes as a great leader with a kind heart and a caring spirit, by visiting his memorial. The impact that he had on the world will forever remain. His memorial is a great place to honor him.



One of the top 3 monuments in the DC area hands down. It’s a work of art. It draws MANY visitors in the spring/summer and parking is very limited so come early or be prepared for crowds. The stone work is outstanding and the artist deserves much praise.



Because seeing a of the world makes you feel good it makes people want to go out there more because they show you respect and has a lot of as a lot out there in this world just got to get yourself out nope and explore other places

Michael C


A very impressive busy indeed. MLK deserves the greatest homage we can give him, and the placement of this memorial does just that. I love it. You can see the tidal basin and the Jefferson memorial clearly from this point. Be sure to read the engraved words and signs placed around.

Lorna G


First visit, night tour.

Impressive entrance, made more dramatic with the lighting.

Memorial and the surrounding area was beautiful, as is the wall with some of MLK's famous lines.

Need about at least an hour to totally enjoy and assimilate all so might be better done in the daytime without time constraints as a group tour would have.

Vivek K


Martin Luther King Junior Memorial was an amazing place to just understand the leader better. His thoughts as written are truly profund and carries deep meaning for generations to come. The view from this place is superb and anyone would just enjoy spending time at this memorial.

Ranee A


Great monument with a blast of history. Interesting how they chose the address to be equal with the date he gave the speech.

Would have been nice to have more time. I would recommend not using tour groups to sight see. We went back the next day and spent two hours at each monument sight to get more than a running glimpse of it.

Amelia H


This was my favorite of all the memorials. I loved all the history and beautiful quotes from Dr. King. We went at night and the lighting is absolutely stunning. We rented the bikes you find on every corner and rode around to all the monuments and it was the most fun we had our entire trip.

Steven C


This is an excellent place to go and learn about what is only on the surface of Rev. Martin Luther Ming Jr. The various quotes engraved into the wall behind him are examples of his ideology and his goals for where he foresaw the world having the potential of becoming. The sculpture itself is symbolic of his movement being able to move mountains.

madhu y


One of the best place in Washington DC. It was little difficult to search. But worth visiting. I don't know why the statue is facing away from rest of the buildings and statues there. The line carved on stone is too good.

Theresa M


This is a lovely memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr.. There is a big statue of him carved out of a block of stone and etchings of his famous words and phrases that he has said over time. There isn't really any shade and areas to sit down but there were some benches. This is very close to the FDR memorial and across the street you can walk to the Lincoln memorial and the Korea war memorial.

Mark T


Yet another awesome memorial design. As always, great representation and meaning of the location, and incredible views. From this spot you can see the Washington monument, and Jefferson memorial. Cool spot.

Spencer H


Such an inspired man! Make sure you take time to read some of the quotes around the memorial. Very peaceful location, nice place to sit and meditate.



Situated on a beautiful park and overlooking the water. Not too far of a walk from nearby street parking. Recommend stopping!

Patrick E


This is a very beautiful memorial for MLK who advocated for civil rights. The best time to visit is probably during cherry blossom season so you can walk along the cherry blossoms and also see the memorials as well.

Bonnie C


Dr. King was a drum major for peace. I respect and will remember what he has done for Black Americans always. I vividly remember the day he was assassinated. I was a Junior at a White School in Chicago. The buses would not stop and a crowd of us walked to the nearest train stop in a daze wondering where Black folks would go from here. I stood at his Statue in awe. Thank you for walking and working for me. I am one of your success stories.

Heidi B


This is yet another wonderful memorial in Washington I love reading all the quotes and what a lot of people don’t know is that this memorial leads into another memorial in the back. You can easily walk from the main mall to here and there are lots of water fountains along the way in case you get thirsty! I’m here you can look over the river and taking a water to her is also fun. I took Uber and lift to many of the different places but with everything around the mall I was able to walk.

Cassandra Y


Another historic site that I have to visit when I am in Washington DC. This is a place to show our respect.

Look at the status.... just beautiful!

It is definitely one of the hot tourist attractions. Close by there are a few more memorial. Definitely can spend a day in here.

BradJill T


One of the interesting memorials at the Tidal Basin is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This is a nicely designed monument constructed by Chinese sculptor, Lei Yixin in 2011.

Here you will find what appears to be a large granite boulder, with a clean middle section cut and shifted forward towards the basin. On the front of the centre piece is a carving of Martin Luther King Jr. standing with arms crossed. It is a nice composition and depiction of Dr. King.

Flanking the sculpture are two curved walls with engravings of important quotes made by Dr. King along with dates and locations where they were delivered. These statements help provide context behind the Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights activism and ambitions for the nation to achieve greater racial equality.

Note: You can visit the monument as part of a walk around the Tidal Basin, which includes stops at the Jefferson, George Mason and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials. Alternatively, you can walk here in 8-10 minutes from monuments along The Mall if you are near the Korean, WWII or D.C. War Memorials.

Will R


Beautiful memorial for one of our nations leaders and heroes. As you walk around and read many of the writings Dr. King wrote, you can only admire the wisdom and love he had for our nation. I hope one day his dream will happen and hope we can give-up on hate and give-in to love and understanding. Isn’t that what the human experience should be like...

Darnell B


Amazing to finally see a monument that truly represents a part of the character and integrity of America. Peaceful area that amazing to see at night. Read the quotes along the walls and look over the water. Take the time to reflect on how this man had a platform and used it fight for what was right.



Absolutely stunning! The design and placement is over all beautiful. Right by the water and with beautiful gardens. This is a must see memorial! They did a great job with this one! The memorial wall with his quotes light up at night time as well. The pictures do no justice for what you see in person.

Kevin S


The memorial of an iconic person is always unique and beautiful, and fortunately, this memorial applies with that rule. Martin Luther King Jr. is carved out of the white stone, looking out into the crowd as he is going to give his famous speech. A tip for taking pictures is to use the vibrant filter on your phone or camera to capture all the beautiful colors of the memorial.

Christy A


A must see if you're in DC. Within walking distance to Lincoln Memorial & National African American History and Cuture museum so there's really no excuse not to experience this amazing monument. Pictures can do little justice to this ginormous MLK structure, literally larger than life (just as he was).

Notable quotes are inscribed along the perimeter wall of the area as well.

Restrooms, water fountains & gift shop on-site.

FREE of charge.

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The Martin Luther King Jr memorial was one of my favorite stops during our vacation. As an immigrant I truly love what this man did. If you're in the area definitely stop by and enjoy this beautiful memorial. We all have a dream for a country without racism and hate and only a world full of love and peace. ❤

Josh J


One of the most amazing, thoughtful memorials here. The concept of a man breaking out of the mold to stand alone is a beautiful thing. I have wanted to visit this since it was build. Amazing to see in person.

joshua r


Beautiful place to go and tour. Had a great time while I was there. Also saw some ducks swimming in the lake nearby.

chandler w


Definitely a must see spot for anybody coming to DC. Very peaceful place. Be sure to read all of his famous quotes on the wall.

Alex O


This memorial is honestly grand! Its great to be honouring a national figure in such a great way. The rocks are all so big and the amount of precision and effort and time put into it is very visible. And the view onto the water is also very great, though the sidewalk around it is often flooded, you van take some great pictures there, especially with the blossom trees. Great place and definitely something you wouldn't want to miss when going to Washington DC!

Elias P


One of the most amazing memorial it is!! There are a lot of people here, and many students and families are here to visit. Here I have the opportunity to see the home of Martin Luther's childhood (I think I should come here very early in the morning so that I can join the guided tour, they will soon be full), and he and him The church where Dad prayed, and other places about his youth, there is also an information center to introduce his work in the civil rights movement.

Zandra W


Had a great time. Amazing! Lots of history to be learned. To be able to sit and let that period of time resonate in your mind.

Andrew B


"Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope"

Moving and beautiful memorial dedicated to one of our greatest Americans whose words we need now more then ever. Tucked away along the south end of our National Mall and just a short walk from where Dr. King gave his famous 'I have a dream' speech, this memorial keeps watch on the Jefferson's along the Potomac tidal basin. The park's main feature is a statue of Dr. King carved from a large block of stone, echoing the presidents on Mount Rushmore. Unlike that park this one is dedicated to equality and the best parts of humanity, and is in contrast to the jingoistic overtones of the National World War II Memorial it was built contemporaneously with which is also nearby.

In an area so dense with monuments they can lose their power, make sure to visit this one and spend some time there. Bring a book of Dr. King's writing to read and spend some time talking to the rangers to learn more about Dr. King's life and teachings. A must see.



A beautifully serene place to visit. The Dr. King Memorial provides a wonderful backdrop for reflection. This was my third visit and most certainly not my last. On a nice spring day, I recommend visiting the African American Smithsonian Museum. Then leisurely walking to the Dr. King Memorial.

Shanel d


Don't miss out on this amazing sight! Tucked away right around the corner from the Lincoln memorial you will find this phenomenal memorial overlooking the water! A definite must see



Who would give this place less than 5 stars? I mean come on. It's a beautiful sculpture of a great man.

India T


Overdue honorary praise to Martin! The statue is huge!! Easily accessible on the water! Expect to step back and back to get a good picture of you next to the King. I look forward to seeing our first black president statue right next to Martin Luther :)

Walter M


Amazing and awe-inspiring monument! I’ll return with my son when he is old enough to understand. The quotes along the wall are worth the time to read and reflect!

Ed V


I haven't visited DC in many years. This was my first time visiting this memorial. I was inspired by the imagery presented from this monument. I enjoyed reading the many quotes etched in the surrounding marble as well.

Vick I


It was a peaceful and beautiful monument surrounded by Dr. MLK's quotes and overlooking the water. Great for reflection and meditation. There is also a store nearby for more information and park rangers guided tours.

Aasiya S


A splendid monument and a must on your list of sites to see. Was quite moving to see the monument and the lovely quotations which surround it. A great photo opportunity as well. It’s in a spacious area and it doesn’t get too crowded.

Tim W


Truly fitting memorial for this principal force of the civil rights movement. Open and accessible, but with an ascendant feel, the statue is the centerpiece of the park. However, the natural elements (stone, water, trees) help define the rest of the story along with 15 meaningful but short quotes helping diffuse visitors throughout. But, you'll keep coming back to the statue and the views.

Tim L


Really a great memorial. The quotes on the walls are powerful--take some time to read them and ponder them because they are deep thoughts. The statue of MLK is imposing. When I visited at night it really looked like he would come to life and speak to us. Highly recommend visiting at night when the crowds are lesser.

Barbara A


Such a powerful monument long overdue for a great man. I sat and watched people visit for half an hour in front of it. Most impressive to me were the many African American families explaining Mlk to their young children. It was my favourite monument in Dc, so glad they finally put it up.

Femm S


Everything was fantastic. It was somber yet enlightening. The quotes are an excellent catalyst to promote an unending vigilance for change in 2020. A great reminder that GREATNESS in this country has yet to arrive because there hasn't been a normal existence of the premise - LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Traeden O


Martin Luther King Jr. has been so influential in America’s history. This is such a beautiful monument to help commemorate the great and mighty changes he has brought to our country. The design is impressive and the art work is flawless. There are also many inspirational quotes.

Enna G


Beautiful sculpture that looks cool from the front angle. It looks like he came out from the rocks that are behind him . When facing the same way he is you see the really serene water with trees surrounding. Very pretty during cherry blossom season

Andrzej G


Impressive, definitely makes an impression. Beautifully done tribute to Martin Luther King. Interesting to see his inspirational quotes written on the walls too. All of this together makes you think about what an achievement he, and the whole movement initiated by him, did. It was amazing to see in person. A must see while in Washington D.C.

Paul D


Night is my favorite time to reflect on this great man’s life and contributions to society. The lighting makes the sculpture of Dr King stand out. If you stand by the tidal basin and use a telephoto lens you can take a picture that looks like you are standing face to face with this great man.

Bud C


I was prepared for the experience and was not disappointed. Dr King just seems to emerge from this huge piece of stone. The setting is serene, the crowds were there, with sunset a good time to reflect on his life. His cause was just and he was warrior in his work. Enjoy your brief visit as it's not hard to take in during a quick stop.

Kevin K


A fitting monument for a man of great importance to the civil rights movement and social justice. The monument about 30 feet high looks like a large granite mountain and Doctor King moving forth from the monolith standing with his arms crossed looking across the Tidal Basin. Around the walls of the memorial are quotes from some of his famous speeches.

carlos g


This memorial is in dedication to Dr. King's message. It is one of the newest memorial that represents the fight and believe that this nation will come together as one and we will be the model for all nations. Loved every second that I spent enjoying this treasure.

Touring S


This beautiful memorial to an amazing man sums up his whole movement. The sculpture was made from a mountain and shaped into his body, it was not finished as to show that civil rights movements are never finished. This is a very inspiring place that you should take your family there at least once to show them all the struggles he had to go through and what he accomplished.

Richard C.



This memorial is an incredible tribute to one of the most amazing men in American History. This memorial is located in West Potomac Park Next to this and 228 more

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