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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta

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At Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, see King's childhood home, the church where he and his father pastored, and the final resting place of King. Take a free ticket at the visitor center and join a guided tour of the house. Visit the museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights movements, and the "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden--an artistic representation of King's life of non-violence. You can walk the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, which honors those who fought for equality. On a brick island, at the center of a reflecting pool, you'll see the tomb of Martin Luther and his wife, Coretta. Take a look at our Atlanta itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I went to see the birthplace of Martin Luther King and saw a video of the King family growing up. The exhibition was well put together and visually moving. The gift shop has souvenirs of speeches pict...  read more »
  • We arrived at the MLK Historic Site at 2:42 and left around 3:50. There's a museum with a lot of information. We only read a little because we saw the movie at 3:00. The movies run every half hour and...  read more »
  • Beyond the House, what a great story that is born in this place. The Museum which is nearby is also very moving.
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 of the issues, and violence, that they faced as they sought to form a "more perfect union."
  • 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" 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.
  • This place represents Atlanta proudly, history rests here and its displayed elegantly. There's a uncontrollable feeling of influence and a vibe you get while exploring the grounds. A real raw sense of history of one of the most influential activist that ever spoke up. Would recommend visiting to anyone any day of the week.
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