This museum was so well done (I hesitate to use the word "enjoyed", given the type of content), I came back for a second visit when Cory joined me in Atlanta over the weekend. As a Canadian, the American Civil Rights movement is (was?) not part of our curriculum, and almost everything in the main exhibit about Civil Rights was new to me. I found it to be utterly fascinating, and frankly, shocking.
Here are pictures I took from my second visit.
The Passage Water Sculpture (designed by Larry Kirkland) outside the museum, inspired by Dr. King's words: “until justice rolls down like water”.
A shot of the interior of the museum from the second floor looking down
The Paula Scher protest mural in the lobby
The following images are from the main Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Gallery:
When I read these quotes, I immediately thought "how is this not the Onion"?
Cory reading some Jim Crow laws from various states.
The following exhibit was interactive: you place your hands down on a counter, and put on some headphones. The exhibit simulates what it was like to sit-in on a protest at a whites-only lunch counter. The taunts and jeers become louder and louder, and the timer in front of each stool counts how long you can withstand the abuse. It was a very haunting and profound exhibit.
Very disturbing exhibit.
There was a well-done video presentation inside this bus about the Freedom Riders.
And the section about MLK's assassination.
The Requiem exhibit
Platon Human Rights Defender Mural
In the upper level, the exhibit was "Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement"
Life-size dictators in the "Rogues Gallery"
A stunningly disturbing "heat map" of political freedom.
I believe at least some of the exhibits are rotating, and others are at least regularly updated. There is also an area downstairs with some of Dr MLK's documents (no photos permitted). The museum's website says to allow an hour for your visit, but I think 2.5 hours is more appropriate if you really want to immerse yourself in the exhibits.
Bottom Line: Absolutely must visit in Atlanta.