Center for Civil and Human Rights

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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
4.3

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  • 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at the attraction's "Rolls Down Like Water" exhibit; however, a few visitors cited some collections as sparse or outdated.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.

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