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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 1850 West Basin Drive SW, Near West Basin Drive SW & Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20024
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Pretty cool place.

One of the louder places around the park with lots of people wanting a picture with the large statue of MLK but a nice tribute none the less. Also very easy to walk to.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Megan D
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the louder places around the park with lots of people wanting a picture with the large statue of MLK but a nice tribute none the less. Also very easy to walk to.

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Gig Harbor, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We happened upon this Memorial after dark and it was so much more powerful to see in the dark. The lighting angles showed this man larger than life and such a powerful force in our history.

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Thank Sue G
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have no idea why there has been negative press on this memorial, it was done quite nicely. The statue of MLK himself is great and symbolic. There are a total of about 14 quotes, take the time to read and ponder.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautifully designed memorial, free to visit. I loved the quotes on the walls. Recommend going with a guide to understand the design choices. Completely open, so go when the weather is good.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was years in the making and I was honored and humbled to see it. Something that all should see one time in life

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Thank c0960
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

awesome👍🏻 The surrounding area is beautiful and serene. The monument is simple and a quiet tribute to a peaceful leader.

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Thank Carrie J
Daejeon, South Korea
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful memorial to a legacy that is alignment with the freedom of speech and the pursuit of happiness that America stands for. This is a good place to stroll through and reflect. Very inspiring and should be shared with more young people for educational trips.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the newest memorials in the area this is well worth the visit. Travel from the Second World War Memorial towards the Korean Memorial and it is on your left across the road. Spacious with quotes inscribed into the walls.

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Trondheim, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting DC is all about seeing the memorials. Martin Luther King, being one of the greatest people that ever lived, obviously deserves a visit. And it is a humbling experience indeed.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The memorial is awe inspiring with a very nice location overlooking the tidal basin. However, the statue itself seems disappointing in that Dr.King is depicted as very stern and emotionless.

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