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Plan Your Visit

Just drop by, or plan an all-day adventure at Atlanta’s most hallowed site.

Rich history, beautiful gardens, and architecture – there’s plenty to discover at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. Explore on your own, take a tour, or attend a special event, right in the heart of the vibrant and historic Grant Park community. We are neighbors to some of the city’s top dining destinations, and there’s plenty more to do nearby. 

Hours

Cemetery Grounds
Open from dawn to dusk year round.

Visitors Center and Museum Shop
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.*
*During winter weekends: open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Fees

Oakland Cemetery is FREE to visit.

Ticketed Tours
Our Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland general tour and special topic tours are offered throughout the year. Details and prices here. Self-guided tour options available too!

Ticketed admission is required for fundraising events: Arts at Oakland, Tunes from the Tombs, Sunday in the Park, and Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.

Parking

Oakland opened in 1850, long before the first automobile was invented! Parking is available in a lot outside the front gate and on the street along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Oakland Avenue.

Vehicles may park inside the cemetery on asphalt-paved roadways – pull to the right with enough space for other cars to pass. Buses and large vehicles are not allowed inside.

Upcoming Events & Tours

See our full calendar here.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours

Our Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours, which sell out every July, are a…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland

Discover the history, the period gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its…

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Flashlight Tour: Georgia Tech and Oakland Cemetery

Kick off Georgia Tech's Homecoming weekend with a sunset tour that explores the history of…

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Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland

Discover the history, the period gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its…

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Self-Guided Tours

Purchase a Printed Guide

If you want to explore on Oakland Cemetery at your own pace, stop by the Visitors Center and Museum Shop and purchase our self-guided tour map for only $5.

The guide has over 85 marked stops, and enough Oakland Cemetery history to keep you engaged for hours!

Dial In

You can also explore Oakland Cemetery with your phone!

Take our self-guided dial in tours:

Oakland’s Timeless Gardens: (678) 880-4247

African American Voices:
(678) 365-0232

Get the App

Oakland Cemetery has gone mobile! Check out our apps in the App Store and Google Play Store.

Directions to Oakland

  • + From MARTA

    • Exit the King Memorial Station to Decatur Street.
    • Head west (take a left) to Grant Street.
    • Turn left onto Grant Street and follow to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE.
    • Take left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
    • The main gates of Oakland Cemetery will be straight ahead. The walk will take about 7-10 minutes.
  • + From I85/I75 South

    • Take exit 247 to merge onto I-20 E toward Augusta.
    • Take exit 59A for Boulevard toward Zoo Atlanta/ Cyclorama.
    • Turn left onto Boulevard SE.
    • Turn left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
  • + From I85/I75 North

    • Take exit 247 for Interstate 20/Ralph D Abernathy Freeway toward Birmingham/Augusta.
    • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-20 E/Augusta and merge onto Interstate 20 E.
    • Take exit 59A for Boulevard toward Zoo Atlanta/Cyclorama.
    • Turn left onto Boulevard SE.
    • Turn left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
  • + From I-20 East

    • Take exit 59A for Boulevard toward Zoo Atlanta/Cyclorama.
    • Turn left onto Boulevard SE.
    • Turn left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
  • + From I-20 West

    • Take exit 59A toward Memorial Dr/Glenwood Ave.
    • Follow signs for M L King Jr Natl Hist Site.
    • Turn right onto Boulevard SE.
    • Take the 2nd left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
Add Your Heading
Easy to access, but a world away Oakland Cemetery invites you to walk along the trails and visit its landmarks “character areas,” including the African American Grounds, Jewish Hill, the Bell Tower, and the Original Six Acres – to name a few. The gardens, beautiful in every season, reflect the styles and tastes of their respective times. Abuzz with activity A full calendar of festivals, tours, workshops, classes, gardening, preservation and restoration projects – and the occasional burial ceremony – makes Oakland Cemetery a busy place year-round. Plan a group tour, purchase event tickets, volunteer, or treat yourself to an afternoon of quiet contemplation.
Add Your Heading
Easy to access, but a world away Oakland Cemetery invites you to walk along the trails and visit its landmarks “character areas,” including the African American Grounds, Jewish Hill, the Bell Tower, and the Original Six Acres – to name a few. The gardens, beautiful in every season, reflect the styles and tastes of their respective times. Abuzz with activity A full calendar of festivals, tours, workshops, classes, gardening, preservation and restoration projects – and the occasional burial ceremony – makes Oakland Cemetery a busy place year-round. Plan a group tour, purchase event tickets, volunteer, or treat yourself to an afternoon of quiet contemplation.
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