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Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta—the birthplace of our nation’s Civil Rights Movement—the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is more than a museum: it’s an inspiring, immersive experience taking visitors on a journey through the America’s Civil Rights Movement in America leading directly into the Global Human Rights Movements of today.

Media Policies & Center Advisories

COVID-19 Advisory

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Advisory Regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) Outbreak

As a large cultural destination in downtown Atlanta, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights regards the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers as our top concern. We continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. For the most current information about the disease and its prevention, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the World Health Organization.

At this time, The Center will remain open. Please be aware of the actions we are taking in response to the current situation by:

  • Implementing a cleaning protocol that includes disinfecting all touch points throughout The Center every hour during operation and overnight. (Touch points include audio wands, door handles, elevator buttons, faucets, etc.)
  • Providing additional hand sanitizing stations throughout The Center (at least one on every floor of the building) for guests to use at their convenience.
  • Posting signage regarding best practices in hand-washing techniques (guidance provided by the CDC) throughout all Center restrooms.
  • Using disinfectant wipes, that are placed throughout all workstations, consistently throughout the day.
  • Advising all staff who are feeling sick to take sick days or work from home, as needed.
  • Reasonably adjusting activities to limit interpersonal contact.
  • Continuing to monitor the latest reports and information, and follow guidance from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, and the City of Atlanta.

We encourage visitors to take reasonable precautions to protect themselves and others during Center visits/events. This includes the following recommendations:

  • Avoid handshakes and limit interpersonal contact.
  • Bring and use your own hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


For questions or concerns regarding the purchase of online tickets for an upcoming visit, please email our Visitor Services team—

We will continue to update you as we learn more information. Thank you for your ongoing support, patience, and understanding as the situation evolves.

Visitor Photography

Visitors are permitted to take photographs inside of the galleries at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center). Please note that photographs taken inside The Center should be for personal use only.

  • Photography in the Voice to the Voiceless: Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Gallery is strictly prohibited. No exceptions.
  • The use of handheld cameras, cell phones, and tablets to take photos is permitted with the flash turned off. (Flash photography is not permitted in The Center.)
  • We encourage visitors to post their photographs on social media, however use of photography for compensation/profit is not permitted.
  • The Center does not permit use of tripods, lights, and other external camera equipment. No photos taken inside The Center may be used for publication without the prior, written consent from the leadership team of The Center. For all such requests, email the Marketing Department at
  • When taking photographs, please heed all stanchions and other closed off areas. Please be mindful of other guests exploring our interactive galleries.
  • Note that photography of special exhibitions or works may vary from the above policy. In those cases, special instructions/information will be located in the galleries.
Media Requests

Members of the media must arrange their visit to The Center in advance. We kindly request that members of the media provide your media request to The Center at least two business days prior to your arrival.

  • To coordinate a shoot, please contact the Marketing Department by sending an email to When requesting your visit, provide a date and approximate time you would be coming to The Center along with the name of your news organization.
  • Members of the media may be escorted by a Marketing Department staff person throughout the duration of their trip, or must have prior written permission to tour The Center independently. Please note that special equipment including the use of tripods, additional lighting, etc. must be approved in advance.
  • Once on site, members of the media are expected to wear press badges provided by The Center for the duration of their visit.
  • For all media requests, contact Shani Drake, Director of Marketing, at
Commercial Photography & Film Shoots

Commercial photography and film shoots must be scheduled and approved in advance. Please note that commercial shoots are at the discretion of Senior Leadership and the availability of The Center.

  • If any works that are located throughout The Center appear in the photography or videography shot, it is the responsibility of the user to gain appropriate permissions prior to use of any copyrighted material.
  • For fees, insurance requirements, and to book a commercial shoot, please contact Toni Friday, Director of Events, at
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