Center for Civil and Human Rights

#5 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
Center for Civil and Human Rights picture1 of 3
Center for Civil and Human Rights2 of 3
Maciek Lulko/Flickr

Key Info

100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Price & Hours

$19.99 for adults; $15.99 for kids 7-12; free ...
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun noon-5 p.m.

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For an in-depth look at the American civil rights movement and ongoing human rights struggles across the world, check out the Center for Civil and Human Rights. This 42,000-square-foot museum by the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola offers two temporary and three permanent exhibits, including a collection of Martin Luther King Jr. artifacts, such as his briefcase and handwritten drafts and outlines of notable speeches.

Though the museum recommends allotting at least one-and-a-half hours for its exhibits, most past travelers said you can easily spend several hours exploring the property's "amazing" and informative displays. Many were especially impressed with the lunch counter experience at the attraction's "Rolls Down Like Water" exhibit; however, a few visitors cited some collections as sparse or outdated.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located just west of Interstate 85 in Atlanta's downtown area. Two fee-based parking garages are available nearby, but the most affordable way to reach the property is to use public transportation. A MARTA train station sits about a half-mile northeast, while MARTA's No. 1 bus makes multiple stops by the attraction. The Atlanta Streetcar's Centennial Olympic Park stop is also within walking distance.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with reduced operating hours on Sundays. Admissions cost $19.99 per adult and $15.99 for each child between 7 and 12; seniors, students and members of the military receive discounted rates, and free entry is available for kids 6 and younger. If you have an Atlanta CityPASS, your pass covers entry to the museum. Tickets give you access to all of the property's exhibits, plus restrooms, water fountains and a gift shop. To find out more about the Center for Civil and Human Rights, visit the museum's website.

See all Hotels in Atlanta »

More Best Things To Do in Atlanta

Atlanta History Center1 of 18
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site2 of 18
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Atlanta History Center

Spread across 33 acres in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood, the Atlanta History Center seeks to explore Georgia's past through comprehensive exhibitions, historic homes and miles of gardens and trails. The center's primary facility is the Atlanta History Museum, which showcases exhibits that span the region's history, from Native American culture to life in the antebellum South. 

Near the museum is the Swan House, a restored estate originally built in 1928. Living up to its name, every room allegedly features at least one swan (motif). Outside the house, the Swan Woods Trail is lined with beautiful plants native to Georgia. Nearby, you can also see how the other half lived at the Smith Family Farm, a plantation house from the mid-1800s. Meanwhile, bookworms won't want to miss a tour of the Margaret Mitchell House, where the author penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gone With the Wind."

Read more
Greg Williams/Flickr
See full list of Best Things To Do in Atlanta »

Explore More of Atlanta

When purchasing from our site, we may earn commissions. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

America's 15 Coolest Ghost Towns to Visit

From Kentucky to California, the U.S. is filled with eerie abandoned cities.

Lyn MettlerAugust 22, 2019

The 7 Best New Orleans Plantation Tours

Learn about the Big Easy's history through one of these daytrips.

Holly JohnsonAugust 21, 2019

22 Top Sonoma Wineries to Visit

Sip world-class wines while enjoying vineyard and mountain views.

Gwen PratesiAugust 19, 2019

30 Beautiful Caribbean Islands to Visit

It's time to plan your next tropical getaway.

Holly JohnsonAugust 8, 2019

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2019-20

See which airline and hotel loyalty programs come out on top.

Erin ShieldsAugust 6, 2019

20 Surprising Ways to Earn Loyalty Program Points or Miles

Branch out beyond hotel stays and flights to maximize your earnings.

Christine SmithAugust 6, 2019

The 12 Best Cancun Tours

These excursions will show you what lies beyond the city's bright beaches.

Lyn MettlerJuly 26, 2019

Traveling With Toddlers: 16 Tips to Make Your Vacation Go Smoothly

These expert travel hacks guarantee a happy trip for the whole family.

Kyle McCarthyJuly 25, 2019

The 11 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours

Hear chilling tales of the city's paranormal activity on one of these guided tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 25, 2019

The 10 Best Seattle Boat Tours

Take in the Emerald City's top sights from the water.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 24, 2019