Atlanta Cultural Sites

Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitors Center
Museum Listing

National Center for Civil & Human Rights
Museum Listing

Morehouse College
HBCU Listing

Morehouse School of Medicine
HBCU Listing

Clark Atlanta University
HBCU Listing

Interdenominational Theological Center
HBCU Listing

Spelman College
HBCU Listing

Morris Brown College
HBCU Listing

John Wesley Dobbs Monument
DESCRIPTION: Through His Eyes sculpture is a huge mask likeness of the Godfather of Black Business in Atlanta next to a fountain built during the 1996 Olympics; John Wesley Dobbs was a Mason.
ADDRESS: Auburn Avenue at I-85 Freeway, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on street
TRANSIT: King Memorial MARTA Station

Auburn Ave Research Library on African-American Culture and History
DESCRIPTION: Built 1991, this 50,000 square foot library with study rooms, auditorium, more than 1,700 subject heading files, 6,500 microfilms, 23,000 books, distinguished movie and sound collection. It also features an Ethnic NewsWatch index for full article retrieval for selected Black newspapers since 1992.
ADMISSION: free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 12a-8p, Sat-Sun 2-6p
ADDRESS: 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Georgia State MARTA Station
PHONE: 404-730-4001
WEBSITE: http://www.afplweb.com/aarl

APEX Museum
DESCRIPTION: The African-American Panoramic Experience is an entertaining and educational museum; multimedia exhibit of Sweet Auburn’s history. The museum pitches on again, off again plans for expansion.
ADMISSION: small fee
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 135 Auburn Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Georgia State MARTA Station
PHONE: 404-521-2739
WEBSITE: http://www.apexmuseum.org

True Colors Theatre Company
DESCRIPTION: In 2003, Kenny Leon, Co-founder and Artistic Director and Jane Bishop, Co-founder and Managing Director launched a new theatre company that has Atlanta’s performing arts community abuzz. The name “True Colors” reflects a promise to search for truth and clarity from who we are as a country and as individuals. See a diverse range of works that span from an August Wilson play to Steel Magnolias. The company performs at many venues in the region, so check their website.
DAYS & HOURS: event and venue dependent
ADDRESS: 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on lot
PHONE: 888-479-6300
WEBSITE: https://truecolorstheatre.org/

Spelman College Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: Established in 1996 with the financial support of Bill and Camille Cosby, the museum features contemporary works from a wide range of national and regional African-American artists.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 350 Spelman Lane, SW, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Ashby MARTA Station
PHONE: 404-681-3643
WEBSITE: http://www.spelman.edu

Martin Luther King Monument and Howard Thurman Obelisk
DESCRIPTION: A magnificent obelisk is dedicated to alum and teacher Howard Thurman. It is located next Atlanta’s largest monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.are in front of the Morehouse College Chapel.
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADDRESS: 830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Ashby MARTA Station

Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson
DESCRIPTION: Established in 2006 and moved into its current facilities in 2012. Fort McPherson was an active Army Base from 1885 until 2011. At the time of its closure, the base was one of the largest command centers in the U.S. military. Remained as Tyler Perry Studios, it consists of 12 sound stages that range from 10,000 to 38,500 square feet with 2000 to 4000 Amps to power demanding sets. Existing sets include a Bank, Baseball Field, Chapel, County Jail, Courtroom, Classic Diner, Farmhouse, Historic District, Lakeside Cabin, Motel, Oval Office, Rustic Cabin and Theatre. TPS is also a post-production facility with a 400-seat screening theater, a private screening room, very large greenspace adaptable to more sets, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events. Yes, Tyler Perry can be seen hanging out, but for obvious security reasons, you need an appointment to enter the premises.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-until
ADDRESS: Fort McPherson, One Tyler Perry Studios Way, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 800-498-9537
WEBSITE: https://tylerperrystudios.com

Ballethnic Dance Company
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1990 by Nina Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II, former members of Dance Theatre of Harlem and Atlanta Ballet, Ballethnic informs, educates, and entertains through dance. Comprised of Ballethnic Dance Company and Ballethnic Academy of Dance, the company is a classically trained, culturally diverse. The Academy also provides professional training for children and adults. Dancers often perform stirring choreography of Classical, African and Modern Jazz shows around Atlanta.
DAYS & HOURS: call for registration and class hours, which vary
ADDRESS: 2587 Cheney Street, East Point, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: East Point MARTA Station
PHONE: 404-762-1416
WEBSITE: https://ballethnic.org

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Headquarters
DESCRIPTION: In 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students assisted by their faculty adviser, gave birth to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. They were Professor Ernest E. Just and students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning “Friendship is essential to the soul”, is how the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. In 1964, before the fraternity moved here, a National Headquarters Building was dedicated in Washington, DC, the first of its type by a Black Greek fraternity.
DAYS & HOURS: appt only
ADDRESS: 3951 Snapfinger Parkway, South DeKalb County, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 404-284-5533
WEBSITE: https://oppf.org/

UniverSoul Circus
DESCRIPTION: With a nicknames like Cirque du Soul and The Most Soulful Show on Earth, you expect the best in showmanship its tours around America. Cedric Walker’s UniverSoul Circus brings a family values message hosted by Ringmaster Cal, incredible performers with lions, tigers, elephants, chimpanzees, and dogs. The presentation is rounded out with R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Jazz flava and a spectacular light show under the 2,100-seat tent.
ADMISSION: appt only
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri
ADDRESS: 510 Whitehall Street, Suite A, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: street
TRANSIT: Garnett MARTA station, walk 4 blocks
WEBSITE: http://www.universoulcircus.com

Hammonds House Galleries
DESCRIPTION: Dr. Otis T. Hammonds restored this 14-room Victorian house in 1986 to preserve and present African American and Haitian visual arts, antiques and art works. Some art works are by Romare Beardon, Elizabeth Catlett, James Van Der Zee, ad James Alexander. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
ADMISSION: small fee
DAYS & HOURS: Normally Tue-Fri 10a-6p, Sat-Sun 1p-5p, currently on COVID reductions
ADDRESS: 503 Peeples Street, SW, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: street
TRANSIT: West End MARTA station
PHONE: 404-612-0481
WEBSITE: http://www.hammondshouse.org

Chastain Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: A teaching and exhibition Neoclassical style facility occupies what was originally designed as an almshouse, operating from 1911-1968, custodial care for indigent African Americans. The center is listed the National Register of Historic Places.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Thu 9:30a-9:30p, Fri-Sat 9:30a-5p
ADDRESS: 135 Chastain Park Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 404-252-2927
WEBSITE: https://www.ocaatlanta.com/chastain/

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