After parking in the visitors’ lot on Johns Wesley Dobbs Avenue, begin your tour by following the Civil Rights Walk of Fame, past the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and proceed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Visitor Center, where you can reserve a ticket for Dr. Martin Luther King Jrs.’ Birth Home.
Components of Our Grounds
Dr. King’s Birth Home
Location – 501 Auburn Avenue, NE., Atlanta, GA 30312
Contact: National Park Service at 404-331-6922.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929, at 501 Auburn Avenue, the home of his maternal grandparents. For the next twelve years, he lived here with his grandparents, parents, siblings, other family members, and borders. The home is located in the residential section of “Sweet Auburn”, the center of black Atlanta. The Birth Home of Dr. King may be visited only with a park ranger led tour, which is filled on a first-come, first served basis. Register for the tour at the Information Desk, located in Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Visitor Center, in person upon arrival to the park. The tour is strictly limited to 15 people per tour. Tours fill up fast on weekends and holidays so plan accordingly.
Tours of Dr. King’s The Birth Home are conducted by the National Park Service on a first-come, first served basis. Registrations are available at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Visitor Center and must be made in person the day of the tour. No advance reservations can be made. There are only 15 persons permitted on a tour. Groups can reserve up to three spaces (45 persons) the day of their tour. Please Note: Tours fill up fast on weekends and holidays so plan accordingly.
The Birth Home tour schedule is below:
Sunday – Saturday (7 days a week)
The first Birth Home tour begins at 10:00 am and the last tour is 5:00 pm. The 30 minutes tour is conducted every hour.
Special Summer Hours (Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day)
The first Birth Home tour begins at 9:30 am and the last tour is 5:30 pm. The 30 minutes tour is conducted every half hour.
Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (Heritage Sanctuary)
Admission and Parking are FREE.
Most of the park is self-guided; therefore, no special arrangements are needed. However, you must register to tour the Birth Home of Dr. King (see reservation information below).
Please note: The King Center will be closed on the following days: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
The King Center is located at 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA, just east of downtown Atlanta.
From Interstate 75/85 North or South take exit #248C Freedom Parkway. Southbound travelers must merge over 4 lanes, in order to make the turn onto Boulevard. At the traffic light, turn right onto Boulevard NE, and make another immediate right turn, at the next traffic light, onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The visitor parking lot will be on the left. Bus parking is located on either side of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.
From Interstate 20 East or West, exit at Interstate 75/85 North take exit #248C Freedom Parkway. At the traffic light, turn right onto Boulevard NE, and make another immediate right turn, at the next traffic light, onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The visitor parking lot will be on the left. Bus parking is located on either side of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.
Directions by Public Transportation (MARTA)
There are various bus routes that provide access to the park:
- The #3 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/Auburn Av from the MARTA Five Points station
- The #99 Boulevard/Monroe Drive from the Midtown and Georgia State stations
The Atlanta Streetcar Provides a Direct Connection to Park Grounds for Visitors.
If you’re using MARTA rail to get to the Downtown area; take the North line to the Peachtree Center station; exit there, then hop on the Atlanta Streetcar at the Peachtree Center stop, which is located on Peachtree Street near Ellis Street. Exit the Streetcar at the King Historic District stop, which is located just across the street from the National Historic Site.
Visit theAtlantaStreetcar.com to view the route map, and get information on fares and schedules.