Where to Find Wakanda in Georgia
OK, you can't actually visit Wakanda. But, you can come close at these Black Panther film locations in Georgia.
The 2018 Marvel Comics movie "Black Panther" filmed all over the world, principally in Atlanta at EUE Screen Gems Studios (not open to the public) as well as several places in and around the city. Shortly after the Atlanta movie premiere at the Fox Theatre in 2018, the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport tweeted a photo with a sign promoting a flight to Wakanda, the fictional kingdom in the film.
Although you can't visit Wakanda, you can sneak a peek at some of the movie's film locations in Georgia.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
The Museum of Great Britain in London is the location in the film where Killmonger and Klaue steal a Wakandan axe that, unbeknownst to others, is made from pure vibanium. Of course, The Museum of Great Britain doesn’t exist in London or anywhere else. The exterior shot is actually High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta. The museum, known simply as “The High” to Atlanta locals, is the leading art museum in the Southeastern U.S. With more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk art and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists.
The Metropolitan Business and Arts District, Atlanta
Black Panther’s filmmakers transformed Atlanta into South Korea for several scenes, including the fish market and exterior of the casino entrance. Two scenes, in particular, were filmed at The Metropolitan Business and Arts District in Atlanta. Formerly a group of dilapidated warehouses, the area was developed into a vibrant arts community and center for commercial, performing and visual arts, with a focus on art studios, galleries and workshops.
Atlanta City Hall
The United Nations is located in New York City’s Turtle Bay area, but in "Black Panther," the interior of Atlanta’s City Hall was used as a stand-in for the United Nations during one of the post-credit scenes when T’Challa addresses the UN to say that Wakanda will take a larger role in global affairs. Atlanta's City Hall is an architecturally stunning example of a Neo-Gothic government building. Visitors can tour inside Atlanta’s City Hall if you schedule it at least 30 days in advance.
Bouckaert Farm, Chattahoochee Hills
Moviegoers agree that Black Panther’s climactic battle scene in the fictional African nation of Wakanda was epic. But the scene, which depicts the battle of T'Challa and the Dora Milaje against Killmonger and W'Kabi's border tribe, was not filmed in Africa. The scene was filmed at Bouckaert Farm, also known as Chattahoochee Hills Eventing, an urban farm in Chattahoochee Hills country. This 8,000-acre equestrian paradise is filled with rolling pastures, lakes and woodlands that run 12 miles along the Chattahoochee River. And yet, it is located just 15 miles west of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Atlanta Air Recovery and Storage, Griffin
In "Black Panther," South African arms dealer Ulysses Klaue, played by Andy Sirkis, is shot by Killmonger in an airfield in South Korea. And, although some of "Black Panther" was filmed in South Korea, this particular scene was shot at an abandoned airfield in Griffin. Griffin is a former railroad "boomtown" that has developed into a thriving metro Atlanta suburb. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Griffin features a historic downtown district that has been featured or used as a production site in movies and television shows including "Driving Miss Daisy," "The Walking Dead," "The Hunger Games" and others. The airfield belongs to Atlanta Air Recovery and Storage, a local aviation company. The airfield is not open to the public.
Vulcan Materials, Stockbridge
When the filmmakers were scouting locations for Wakanda, the fictional African nation in "Black Panther," they were wowed when they came upon Vulcan Materials quarry in Stockbridge. In fact, the site was used for several scenes depicting Wakanda, including the dramatic snowy mountain scenes. Vulcan Materials is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregate, asphalt, ready mix concrete, railroad ballast and agricultural limestone. It's not open to the public, but every year, the venue hosts the Quarry Crusher Run in May.
Friedman's Shoes, Atlanta
In "Black Panther," the CIA held Ulysses Klaue at a super top secret black site. In real life, the CIA site is actually the storefront for Friedman’s Shoes, a family-owned business that specializes in large shoes. Friedman’s has been a fixture in downtown Atlanta since it was established in 1929. Because they specialize in extra-large-sized shoes, members of Atlanta’s local pro sports franchises, particularly the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and members of visiting NBA teams, have been customers throughout the years. Some of Friedman’s customers include Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins and others.
Wheat Street Towers, Atlanta
"Black Panther" opens with a scene from apartment projects in Oakland, Calif. In real life, the scene was filmed near the Sweet Auburn Historic District, located just east of downtown Atlanta. Specifically, the establishing shot is of Wheat Street Towers, a high-rise building for seniors established by Wheat Street Baptist Church. In addition to the opening scene, Wheat Street Towers was also featured in the concluding scene when T’Challa tells his sister that Wakanda has bought the buildings to create a cultural and educational exchange center. Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Historic District is a historic African-American neighborhood along and surrounding Auburn Avenue. The name Sweet Auburn was coined by John Wesley Dobbs, referring to a street with one of the largest concentrations of African-American businesses in the country. Sweet Auburn was designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1976.