National Center for Civil and Human Rights mural, Atlanta Cultural Sites

Atlanta cultural sites

Atlanta Cultural Sites

Note that many Atlanta sites have COVID restrictions until the pandemic ends.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitors Center

National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Morehouse College

Clark Atlanta University

Interdenominational Theological Center

Spelman College

Morris Brown College

Morehouse School of Medicine
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1975, it features a 32,000 square foot Center of Sports Medicine. Former Health & Human Services secretary, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan was president.
DAYS & HOURS: daily from dawn to dusk
ADDRESS: 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Ashby MARTA Station
PHONE: 404-752-1500

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.
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

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

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
PARKING: garage nearby
PHONE: 404-588-0308

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

Martin Luther King Monument and Howard Thurman Obelisk
DESCRIPTION: A magnificent obelisk is dedicated to alum and teacher Howard Thurman and Atlanta’s largest monument to Dr King are located 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

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
ADDRESS: 510 Whitehall Street, Suite A, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: street
TRANSIT: Garnett MARTA station, walk 4 blocks

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.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-6p, Sat-Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 503 Peeples Street, SW, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: street
TRANSIT: West End MARTA station
PHONE: 404-612-0481

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
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 404-252-2927

Tyler Perry Studios
DESCRIPTION: Established in 2006 and moved into its current facilities in 2008, this 200,000 square foot venue consists of 5 sound stages, a post-production facility, a back lot of sets, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events. Yes, TP can be seen hanging out, but for obvious reasons, you need an appointment to enter.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-until
ADDRESS: Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson, One Tyler Perry Studios Way, Atlanta, GA
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 800-498-9537

Sweet Auburn
DESCRIPTION: Non-profit organization for the Sweet Auburn Festival

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 a stirring blend 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

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”, the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. In 1964, before they 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

Roland Hayes Museum
DESCRIPTION: Little known in the 21st century, Roland Hayes was the first African-American classical singer to have an international career on the concert stage was born here in Gordon County in 1887. Though the a son of former slaves, he became one of the highest paid singers of his day. Hayes often performed before royalty. By Hayes elevating Negro spirituals to a Classical level, he opened doors for African-Americans as opera performers worldwide. Highway 56 West is named in his honor. The museum is located 1 hour outside Atlanta, in the Harris Arts Center.
ADMISSION: donations appreciated
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Tue 10a-6p, Wed-Thu 10a-4p, Fri-Sat 10a-2p
ADDRESS: 212 South Wall Street, Calhoun, GA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 706-629-2599

Our Gallery
DESCRIPTION: Located at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, this co-op gallery is for homeless men who live there, as well as other local artists to do their art and sell it. Many tourists used to stop by for art.
ADDRESS: 477 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA MAP