Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Start at the visitor center and then work your way around the three main sites in this historic park: the home in which the leader of the Civil Rights movement in America was born, the church where he preached and the memorial site where he is buried. A major Atlanta attraction, the park draws some 500,000 visitors each year.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • ReoPanco
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    DO NOT MISS THIS!!
    Awsome place, and I don't often use the word awesome often!! It was happy, sad, thought provoking, beautiful, melencoly, serene, and the highlight of our Atlanta visit. Skip The World of Coca Cola and go here!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • M H
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful and inspiring
    This is a fabulous experience. Allow plenty of time to visit all aspects of this historic site. The world peace rose garden is amazing, as is the church, the museum and the house where Dr King was born. Really important and well laid out site.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Christian P
    Houston, Texas112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    I took my wife to Atlanta for her birthday. The MLK Jr National Historic Site was the highlight of our trip. So much history and so much to learn. We stayed in the area for several hours. It's a free self-guided tour with so much to see. We visited Ebenezer Baptist church and MLK's birth home. On Saturday's you don't need a ticket to visit the birth home. It's an open house guided tour form 10am - noon led by park rangers. The park rangers were knowledgeable and friendly. I learned more about MLK and his family than I ever have.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Dean_Amy-2004
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania5,828 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    Be sure to allow sufficient time for this site. There is so much to see, I ran out of time. The birth house is available for a free tour, but requires advance sign up and space is limited. There is also a ranger talk at the Ebenezer Baptist church. The Kings’ tombs are directly across the street at the King Center. The Park Service has purchased several properties on Auburn Street to preserve the neighborhood as part of the national site. The movie at the visitor center was also very good.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 25, 2023
  • keljopy333
    Holland, Michigan48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop here for a few hours if you have the chance
    The visitor center exhibits were a nicely laid out chronology with lots of information. The Ebenezer church talk was good. The Boyhood home tour was fantastic. The guide on my tour, Morgan, was an excellent storyteller, really making MLK's childhood come alive. This site is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 13, 2023
  • notcarla
    Litchfield, Illinois185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult to find but worth it.
    The displays were very well done and captured the life of MLK. The parking lot is actually off John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE near Jackson St NE and Boulevard NE. GPS took me all around it. There is a tour of his birth home that you have to reserve at the desk, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church also has a program by the NPS. Allow at least 2 hours. Free
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 14, 2023
  • Miranda
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Informative
    We stopped to see Martin Luther King Jr's birth home. Parking was a little difficult, but we went on a Sunday morning and forgot about the church services. You could not go into the house at this time because they were renovating it. That wasn't a big deal, we could see the outside and the surrounding houses had information to read. We went into the freedom hall and saw some of Martin Luther King JRs, his wife, Ghandi, and Rosa Parks things. Each room had information about each one. The visitor center was closed so we didn't get to see inside. We did pay our respects at MLK Jr and his wife's grave stone. The grounds are beautiful with a lot of information about him and his life and work. Great place to visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 11, 2024
  • Jason G
    Baltimore, Maryland713 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Experiencing
    Definitely worth the visit just to try and envision all that happened there. Plenty to see and do. The house talks (since MLK's birth home is being renovated until next year) and talks in the church don't happen very often throughout the day, so if you're trying to plan an itinerary, it might be worth calling ahead to see what the schedules are for the day you'll be there (or just arrive when they first open).
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 2, 2024
  • TravelingMamaGlv
    Glenview, Illinois284 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hope to Return After Birth Home Renovation
    Our visit to the tomb, visitor center and the ranger talk at Ebenezer Church were very moving and informative. Unfortunately the film was not available that day and the birth home is closed until 2025 for renovations. We also walked around the neighborhood and grabbed lunch at a local eatery.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 4, 2024
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TravelingMamaGlv
Glenview, IL284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our visit to the tomb, visitor center and the ranger talk at Ebenezer Church were very moving and informative. Unfortunately the film was not available that day and the birth home is closed until 2025 for renovations. We also walked around the neighborhood and grabbed lunch at a local eatery.
Written April 4, 2024
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Jason G
Baltimore, MD713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Definitely worth the visit just to try and envision all that happened there. Plenty to see and do. The house talks (since MLK's birth home is being renovated until next year) and talks in the church don't happen very often throughout the day, so if you're trying to plan an itinerary, it might be worth calling ahead to see what the schedules are for the day you'll be there (or just arrive when they first open).
Written April 2, 2024
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Miranda
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We stopped to see Martin Luther King Jr's birth home. Parking was a little difficult, but we went on a Sunday morning and forgot about the church services. You could not go into the house at this time because they were renovating it. That wasn't a big deal, we could see the outside and the surrounding houses had information to read. We went into the freedom hall and saw some of Martin Luther King JRs, his wife, Ghandi, and Rosa Parks things. Each room had information about each one. The visitor center was closed so we didn't get to see inside. We did pay our respects at MLK Jr and his wife's grave stone. The grounds are beautiful with a lot of information about him and his life and work. Great place to visit.
Written March 11, 2024
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Susan L
Durham, NC460 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Sadly we found the site to be underwhelming. The exhibit at the visitor center was disjointed and unimpressive. The Ranger talk at the historic church wasn’t very informative and the Birth Home was closed for renovations. We would have liked to watch the film at the Visitor Center but it was only showing once an hour and it overlapped with the Church talk.
Written February 27, 2024
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Mark T
Houston, TX444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a must-visit sightseeing spot in Atlanta. I used the MARTA train and street car to get there.

The admission was free. I learned the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to the 1960s.

I walked around the park. The house where Dr. King was born was within walking distance.

If you are a history buff, you need to visit here. I saw a lot of young people here. I thought this park was a good place to educate them.
Written February 13, 2024
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notcarla
Litchfield, IL185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The displays were very well done and captured the life of MLK. The parking lot is actually off John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE near Jackson St NE and Boulevard NE. GPS took me all around it. There is a tour of his birth home that you have to reserve at the desk, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church also has a program by the NPS. Allow at least 2 hours. Free
Written November 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

keljopy333
Holland, MI48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The visitor center exhibits were a nicely laid out chronology with lots of information. The Ebenezer church talk was good. The Boyhood home tour was fantastic. The guide on my tour, Morgan, was an excellent storyteller, really making MLK's childhood come alive. This site is definitely worth a visit.
Written November 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA5,828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Be sure to allow sufficient time for this site. There is so much to see, I ran out of time. The birth house is available for a free tour, but requires advance sign up and space is limited. There is also a ranger talk at the Ebenezer Baptist church. The Kings’ tombs are directly across the street at the King Center. The Park Service has purchased several properties on Auburn Street to preserve the neighborhood as part of the national site. The movie at the visitor center was also very good.
Written October 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Christian P
Houston, TX112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I took my wife to Atlanta for her birthday. The MLK Jr National Historic Site was the highlight of our trip. So much history and so much to learn. We stayed in the area for several hours. It's a free self-guided tour with so much to see.

We visited Ebenezer Baptist church and MLK's birth home. On Saturday's you don't need a ticket to visit the birth home. It's an open house guided tour form 10am - noon led by park rangers. The park rangers were knowledgeable and friendly. I learned more about MLK and his family than I ever have.
Written October 24, 2023
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Megan H
Collegedale, TN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very interesting review of the life of an amazing man. Be sure to see the movie in the visitors center including many clips from his speeches
Written October 11, 2023
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