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The Martin Luther King Jnr National Historic Site Atlanta

Where is it at?

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The Martin Luther King Jnr National Historic Site
450 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta
GA
30312
Tel: 404 331 6922

Directions

From Interstate 75/85 North or South take exit #248C Freedom Parkway. Southbound travelers must merge over 4 lanes, in order to make the turn onto Boulevard. At the traffic light, turn right onto Boulevard NE, and make another immediate right turn, at the next traffic light, onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The visitor parking lot will be on the left. Bus parking is located on either side of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. From Interstate 20 East or West, exit at Interstate 75/85 North take exit #248C Freedom Parkway. At the traffic light, turn right onto Boulevard NE, and make another immediate right turn, at the next traffic light, onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The visitor parking lot will be on the left. Bus parking is located on either side of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.

Where are we going today?

The Peace Plaza is the area between the National Park Service Visitor Center and Auburn Avenue. The focal points of the beautifully landscaped plaza area are the International World Peace Rose Garden, which includes inspirational messages of peace composed by students from local Atlanta schools, and a flowing water fountain. Also located in the plaza is the "BEHOLD" statue.
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When can we go?

Winter operation hours start mid August and last through mid June. The park opens at 9:00 a.m. and

Any Top Tips?

The Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., may be visited only with a park ranger led tour. The tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for the tour at the National Park Service Visitor Center in person upon arrival to the park. The tour is strictly limited to 15 people per tour! They fill up fast on weekends and holidays..

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    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.

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    Finally had the chance to go to the MLK site and it was very enlightening. Better to visit outside of holidays.

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    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.

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    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...Read More

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    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.

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by Jason Deiter

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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.

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