Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Facts

Memorial in Washington, DC | Outdoors | For Kids of All Ages

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Facts Coming Soon! The MLK Memorial is not to be missed on a trip to DC. Located between the Tidal Basin and Lincoln Memorial and open 24/7. Restrooms are across the West Basin Drive near the main entrance.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Facts

Photo credit: Daniel Lobo. Creative Commons, link here.

Hours & Tickets

  • Hours: Open 24/7
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Cost: Free
  • Buy Tickets in Advance: No
  • Website: Link


  • Restrooms: No
  • Parking Type: Street
  • Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible: No

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Facts

  1. The memorial is open 24 hours a day.
  2. Make sure you check out the bookstore because they have Junior Ranger booklets with activities to explore the National Mall.
  3. The memorial's address is at 1964 Independence Ave. SW which recognizes the year the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted.
  4. The Martini Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the first memorial on the National Mall that honors an African American individual.
  5. 906 people entered the contest to design the memorial.
  6. The statue of Martin Luther King Jr. was created by Master Lei Yixin and the sculpture and the mountain composed of 159 granite blocks. Once it was about 80% sculpted, it was transported by ship from China to Baltimore. Then, it was finished at the memorial site.
  7. There is so much symbolism at the memorial. There is a Mountain of Despair and Stone of Hope which references King's quote: “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”

Lots more info at the NPS website here.

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