Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
Explore the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Encompassing nearly 35 acres, the family-friendly and free Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park is composed of landmarks, monuments and exhibits. Take a journey through the civil rights struggles as well as the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Reasons to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
- The Martin Luther King Jr. birth home is where Dr. King was born and lived during the first 12 years of his life. Visit historic Fire Station No. 6, one of the South’s first desegregated fire houses, on your way to Dr. King’s birth home.
- Enjoy the roses and fountain at the International World Peace Rose Garden and view the “Behold” Monument.
- Listen to the sermons and speeches of Dr. King at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Browse exhibits about the history of the church or watch a video of Dr. King’s sister as she talks about her family and the church.
- Visit The King Center, which continues to spread the nonviolent ministry through educational and inspirational materials including audio, video and the preserved writings of Dr. King. Pay your respects at Dr. and Mrs. King’s Tomb and view the Eternal Flame.
- The National Park Service offers free, guided tours of Dr. King’s birth home. Pick up a timed ticket at the information desk inside the Visitor Center or King Center.
- Birth Home Tours are limited to 15 people and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. Visit early in the week or Sunday morning and visit early in the day to secure your spot.
- Fuel up beforehand at Sweet Auburn Bread Co. with a breakfast sandwich or a delicious muffin. (Our personal favorite is The Naked Hummingbird.) You will also want to try the amazing assortment of desserts, including pound cakes, pies and cheesecakes.
- Head down the road to the APEX Museum for untold stories of Atlanta’s past along with exhibits and tours showcasing African-American history and culture.
- Visit the Sweet Auburn Curb Market for a taste of history along with fresh produce, baked goods and one killer burger from Grindhouse.
Know before you go
When is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site open?
- The National Park Service Visitor Center, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and Freedom Hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- The birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. is open for ranger-led tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
- Fire Station No. 6 is staffed by park volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when volunteers are available.
- All facilities are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Where is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park located?
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park is located at:
450 Auburn Ave. NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30312
The entrance to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park parking lot is located on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. Start your visit at the National Park Service Visitor Center, which is a short walk across Irwin Street and down the Promenade. Here you can pick up maps and get the latest information on the park.
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