We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Moving experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old Fourth Ward)
404 331 5190
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$29*
and up
Atlanta City Tour by Electric Car
Ranked #5 of 143 Attractions in Atlanta
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
San Francisco, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Moving experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We ended up visiting the site during the MLK holiday weekend. For this reason, I suspect there were more visitors there than usual - but it wasn't overcrowded (I'm used to crowds in San Francisco).
I was surprised to see the double crypt of Dr. King and his wife in the center of the reflecting pool as I had no idea it would be there. Across from the reflecting pool is the eternal flame monument. A recording of the "I Have A Dream" speech plays on speakers in the plaza. Taking the time to really listen to the speech in this setting is quite a moving experience.

Across Auburn Street is more of a museum, gardens & mural. I wish I had had more time to explore them.

On the corner is Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King served for a time. It was pretty cool to see their sign was vintage neon.

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,027 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    672
    257
    79
    15
    4
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Very Informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I think that this place is a must if traveling in atlanta. It is appropriate for all ages, who doesn't love history.

Visited August 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“An interesting and moving piece of civil rights history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

While visiting the Atlanta area, our family decided to visit the MLK national historic site and we are so glad we did! It was such a moving experience! The movie, the pictures and the historic artifacts all provide a glimpse into the civil rights movement. I highly recommend a visit to the MLK national historic site but try to arrive early so you can get tour tickets for the King residence. The tour is very informative and entertaining as well. Although the neighborhood is not the best, we never felt threatened or in danger.

Visited December 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Federal Way, Washington
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
65 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Very moving pilgrimage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The site is well-organized, well-put-together and allows visitors to visit places and artifacts with meaning in our modern lives. For those who remember Dr. King it has a special warmth to see this site so well organized. For those who only read about him, young adults and kids get more than just some buildings.

Visited April 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great attraction for adults and children!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

A up close and live history lesson for both adults and kids. I had so much fun during the tour, I also learned a lot of things about Dr King, historic Atlanta, and other historical events and landmarks. If you are visiting Atlanta or live here, I would recommend taking the time out to stop by the King center and go on the tour and take a look at all the artifacts as well.

Visited April 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site also viewed

 

Been to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.