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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old Fourth Ward)
404 331 5190
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$45*
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Atlanta Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #5 of 327 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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Macon, Georgia
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Doesn't cost you a penny, has a huge exhibit at the visitor's center, and you can walk to the tomb, the birthplace/childhood home, and the church of MLK Jr.

Visited December 2012
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Marietta, Georgia
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“Excellent History Lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This attraction is a great learning experience for all ages. Great photos, free parking, easy access if you take MARTA.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Very worth it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

The museum and self-guided tour is completely free and a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The fact that it is self-guided gives you as much time as you need to go through all of the parts of the tour. We took a taxi from our hotel, the Sheraton Downtown, and it was about an 8 minute drive ($12 each way for two people).

The visitor's center is where you should stop in first. You can pick up a map of the whole site here and, if you come early enough, you can get tickets to gain access INTO the Kings' Birth Home. But there is limited spaces and first come is first served. We went around 1:00pm and by then there were no more spaces available for birth home tours. But luckily for us, right at when we walked in at 1:00, a sign was displayed above the information desk that read "Birth Home - Next Showing 1:00" inside the theater. The short film was a virtual tour of the home and told the story of what life was like in the King home. Very inspiring and easy to follow.

After the film, we walked over to the exhibits. It wasn't too crowded, but to look at some of the popular sections you had to wait a couple minutes. There are also restrooms and a gift shop. After the exhibits, we walked across the street to the Reflection fountain, burial site of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta, and the eternal flame. All of which are in the same general area. Right next to this area is the church where Dr. King, his father, and his grandfather all preached. The church is on the corner at the end of the block. The Park Ranger inside will answer any questions you have about walking around the church. There is also a small gift shop inside the church.

After the church, we walked to the opposite end of the block towards the intersection of Auburn and Houge where you will find the historic fire department building, the row of historic "shotgun" houses, and the King Birth Home. You cannot enter the Birth Home unless you've scored those tickets from earlier but access to the home's front yard and front porch are permitted. In the house next door, there is another gift shop. Total time for myself and fiance to go through everything was about 2 hours.

The neighborhood, from what we saw, looked fairly safe. There are plenty of staff in the visitors center and church, as well as other tourists walking all over and throughout the site. If you take regular precautions as you would in any place you are unfamiliar with then you should be fine. Keep your family close together, especially young children. The streets located here are busy streets with cars passing through every moment. The distance between each point are also not that far of a walk. If you follow the map and stick to the area of the site, you shouldn't experience any shady people.

The overwhelming feeling of the legacy left behind by the King family made us feel very humble and thankful. We left the museum pondering what the world would be like if this brave man never did what he did. Some parts of the exhibits had me tearing up. Very solemn and thought-provoking.

Visited November 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Important Part of Our History - A must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This museum provides a vivid reminder of the open prejudice that existed in America until the late 20th century. Read the list of segregation laws enacted by states throughout the South - it is especially disconcerting.

This visit should be on the top of the agenda for everyone, regardless of race, visiting Atlanta. Like the Holocaust, this part of our history should not be forgotten.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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“Very Interesting & Informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Would definitely recommend this to everyone. Learnt a lot about the civil rights history in America. Very interesting & quite an eye opening experience of what people went through. All the sites here are well worth a visit, church, burial site, museum, family home.

Visited October 2012
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