The National Centre for Civil and Human Rights is a thriving museum dedicated to the ongoing fight for civil rights, not only in the United States, but around the world. Many of the exhibits strive to connect past civil rights victories to the ongoing struggles today.

Everyone can find something valuable in a visit to this museum, including young kids. Fans of history and those passionate about social and economic justice will be especially interested. Visitors generally take a little over an hour to see the main exhibits, though temporary exhibits may extend the length of your visit.

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National Centre for Civil and Human Rights highlights

The main features of the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights are the 3 permanent exhibits. The first is a collection of artefacts and personal effects belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You can see drafts of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "Drum Major Instinct" here.

Another exhibition highlights the American Civil Rights Movement as a whole and features Jim Crow and key court cases. Finally, you'll find the Spark of Conviction exhibit, which details the global human rights movement. You'll find information about historical opponents to civil rights like Hitler, Pinochet, and other fascists who are then countered by images and information of modern activists.

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Good to know when visiting National Centre for Civil and Human Rights

When you visit the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights, there are some factors to keep in mind. The rules about photography come with a few stipulations. You're free to take pictures as long as you don't do it for any commercial purposes. Additionally, you aren't permitted to take pictures of the Martin Luther King Jr. collection at all.

When you visit this museum, you'll find yourself close to some of the best attractions in the city. The Georgia Aquarium is just a short walk to the southwest, but that's not all. You'll also find the World of Coca-Cola due south past Pemberton Place.

National Centre for Civil and Human Rights

Location: 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

Open: Thursday–Friday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Monday–Wednesday)

Phone: +1 678-999-8990