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Hawkins Laboratory from Stranger Things

Filming Location in Atlanta, Georgia

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Hawkins Laboratory from Stranger Things: Filming Location

This is the filming location of Hawkins Laboratory from Netflix's sci-fi horror series Stranger Things.

It is situated at 1256 Briarcliff Road NE in Atlanta, Georgia.

In real life, it is called the Emory Briarcliff Campus.

All of the exterior scenes of the facility were shot at this location in Druid Hills.

The lab features extensively throughout the series, as it is the place where a child test subject named "Eleven" unintentionally opens a gate to a hellish dimension called the "Upside Down".

During the first episode of Season 1, Eleven manages to escape the complex. Shortly afterwards, she is discovered wandering around in the woods by three teenage friends called Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, and Dustin Henderson.

After meeting the young girl and taking pity on her, Mike decides to bring her back to his house and hide her from the authorities.

During the first season, the lab is run by Dr. Martin Brenner, who conducts mind experiments with children.

Although it is claimed that the Hawkins National Laboratory belongs to the U.S. Department of Energy, it is likely that an intelligence agency such as the CIA is the real owner.

Hawkins Laboratory address

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


1256 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia, GA 30306, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the laboratory are:

33.788501, -84.342383


The building is situated in a neighborhood called Druid Hills, which is in the northeast of Atlanta. It is about a mile north of Ponce De Leon Ave NE. It is a ten-minute drive away from the Atlanta Botanical Garden.


Photos of the laboratory and other related images.

Hawkins National Laboratory

Episode 1, Season 1 - Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

Hawkins National Laboratory location

The laboratory first appears in the first episode of Season 1.

In the Stranger Things universe, it is situated in a fictional town called Hawkins, Indiana.

The Gate

Episode 9, Season 2 - The Gate


Hawkins National Laboratory contains the "Mothergate", which is a portal to an alternative dimension called the "Upside Down". 

This dimension is a carbon copy of Hawkins. It is filled with humanoid predators, flying creatures, spores, and dangerous vines.

Aerial image

Aerial image

This is an aerial image of the complex, which is currently owned by Emory University.

Before Emory University acquired it, it was a psychiatric hospital called the Georgia Mental Health Institute.

The hospital operated between 1965 and 1997, when it was forced to close due to rising costs. Shortly afterwards, Emory purchased the property for $2.9 million.

Dr. Martin Brenner

Dr. Martin Brenner

This Google Street View image of the southern side of the complex was taken in August 2016 — one month after the first season of Stranger Things was released.

In the series, the lab is operated by Dr. Martin Brenner (inset), who heads up the MKUltra project.

Season 2

Episode 1, Season 2 - MADMAX

season 2

The building at the start of Season 2.

Google Earth

Google Earth

This 3D aerial image of the Emory Briarcliff Campus was taken from Google Earth.

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