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

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia, 30312

The Basics

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

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

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Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
$40.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Loved learning the history and hearing the storie
Joy brought the history to life with her presentation and story telling. Our 10 year old Granddaughter especially love hearing about the history and seeing first hand where it took place. Thank you for providing this tour and telling the story.
Kay_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Atlanta

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A must for Atlanta
lindaloving, Sep 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
This is an excellent tour. Joy, our tour guide was wonderful. Very knowledeable about the area and Martin L. King. Too bad Center is closed for covid, but Joy took us on a wonderful walk in the area, saw MLK house, Madam Walker hair salon etc. Really worthwhile. A must to do when in Atlanta !
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Great tour
Chantel_W, Jun 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King's Tour
Even though things were shut down because of the covid19 the tour guide did a wonderful job! She called to make sure we were still going on the tour, she had her facts and information all together. She also had pictures to show because we couldn't go inside. And the best thing about it she took her time and made sure everyone understood and was together. She did a great job..
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Great storytelling, very informative
Stephanie_S, May 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Last year I experienced this tour pre-covid. Last week I took some friends on the tour (Emily was our guide both times). Although we were not able to go inside all the sites like last time, I was just as impressed with the tour. Emily is a great storyteller and all the information is so well researched.
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Good tour
Ellen_K, Oct 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Joy was a terrific guide. We learned a great deal about the past and the current situation in the MLK area of Atlanta. Highly recommend this tour.
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Had a great tour guide and learned a lot more about mlk, Stephanie was phenomenal
Kimberly_L, Jul 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King's Tour
The EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH, his house and the shot gun houses was very interesting I wish it was open to the public
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Excellent tour!
Georgia_S, Oct 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
We had a wonderful tour experience and Emily, our guide was so knowledgeable! We learned so much and experienced the history of the Civil Rights movement with clearer eyes. Excellent tour!!
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Wonderful
DeSheka_H, Oct 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Learning more about Dr. King and his family my tour guide was awesome she knew so much about the history of Alanta and how it was shaped.
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A must do tour…
Dawn_M, Oct 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Many memorable moments in this tour. The tour guide tells the story in an interesting way to show this almost deck of cards of history and how many accomplishments of others proved vital to Martin Luther King Jr’s success
star-5
Learned so much more...
Kafi_W, Oct 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Learned so much more about Dr. King, Coretta Scott King, & so many other prominent African Americans in the building of our culture and legacy. This tour was invigorating and awe inspiring. The tour guide did an amazing job.
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History well worth knowing
Joy_M, Sep 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Our tour guide Emily was awesome! I took my cousin on the tour. She’s visiting from out of town and said it was the highlight of her Georgia experience Madam CJ Walker’s shop is a real gem 😊Joy
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Awesome!!!
proudarmymom60, Sep 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King's Tour
What a wonderful day and very interesting. Our tour guide was incredible, very warm and personable, very knowledgeable and just a pure joy to spend time with. She deserves 100 thumbs up!!! I've lived here my entire life and found out things I never knew, things like why it's called Sweet Auburn etc....
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MLK Jr tour
Tara_K, Sep 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
Emily was an absolutely amazing tour guide. We learned so much and she brought so much history to life. I thoroughly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

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

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

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

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How to Get There

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

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When to Get There

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

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The Eternal Flame

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

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