Explore the Center

Find out what you will see at The Center. Our exhibits feature stories of personal courage and individuals working together to protect rights and change their societies.

Exhibitions & Galleries

The power of people to create change is a common storyline in all of The Center’s exhibitions.

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Installations are the individual components that make up each of The Center’s exhibition galleries.

Lunch Counter Sit-In

After learning about the training involved in non-violent protests, visitors are invited to participate in a lunch counter sit-in simulation and place themselves in the shoes of non-violent protestors in…

What Are Human Rights?

Simply put, freedom and dignity are basic human rights. Philosophers, clergy and even individuals have their own definitions of dignity and freedom. However, in legal and practical terms, these ideals can…

Human Rights Champions

Courageous People Take Up the Call. Throughout history, brave and visionary people have devoted themselves to fighting for equality, dignity and freedom. This wall features portraits of prominent human rights…

Freedom Riders

On May 14, 1961 near Anniston, Alabama, one of the buses Freedom Riders rode was firebombed. While there were many Freedom Rides prior to this one, the exhibit focuses on…

About Us

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a 42,000 square foot campus located in Pemberton Place in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Designed by distinguished architect, Phil Freelon, the building’s curvatures mimic two hands coming together.

The Center’s exhibits tell stories in ways that promote empathy and understanding, and has already succeeded in expanding Atlanta’s ethical footprint.

– Catherine Fox, ArtsATL

I have been to many different tourist locations in ATL over the years and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights is by far the most impactful.

– Museum Visitor, TripAdvisor Review