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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
513 333 7500
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Ranked #17 of 88 Attractions in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as the nation's newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the... more » Owner description: Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as the nation's newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today. « less
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New York City, New York
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105 reviews 105 reviews
37 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I'm not sure how one can make the Underground Railroad dull and boring, but this place does it! I found the whole museum baffling. It's called the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, but there is precious little about the Underground Railroad. In addition, conflicting information abounds. In one place, we are told the wonderful Slave Pen (the only artifact worth seeing)... More

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New Hampshire/Arizona
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11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Though the name of the museum indicates that it will give us the history of the underground railroad, it covers so much more. It is a new museum, so its exhibits use all the modern museum-displaying technology. There are videos and movies, but not too many. There are artifacts, but not overwhelmingly so. The only aspect that does become overwhelming... More

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Pennsylvania, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I only had a small window of opportunity, and I took it. Usually when I am in the area, the museum is closed! (I wish it opened earlier than 11 AM!) There is SO much information. I was there almost 2 hours but could have used much more time. I did not get to see any of the many movies... More

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Cleveland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This place wonderfully documents the historic events and teaches current ones. It has documented the story of the Underground Railroad and its participants as well as current day events. The center has a tremendous 7 station Solomon Northup Tour which expresses what he might have experienced during his time as a slave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

If you're visiting Cincinnati, do yourself a favor and stop by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. There's a rich collection of content in regards to slavery, the civil rights moments and current events. This is a museum every American should visit once in his or her lifetime.

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Hayling Island
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35 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I'm surprised that there were not more visitors there on a Saturday afternoon. We loved the way that the museum is set out and the theatres with informative films. It's an impressive building with great views towards the Ohio River and we certainly came away with a greater understanding of what went on during the fight to help slaves to... More

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Western NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We enjoyed the movies in the many theaters within the center. They give you a better perspective of other exhibits you will see. I found the exhibits to be very informative, however, after visiting all three levels, I found some of the information to be repetitive. All in all, a good experience in a wonderfully designed building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

An amazing museum. I think that this is a must visit to learn about a terrible chapter in history, it's origins as well as it's outcomes. Though it is a heavy topic, you will find hope, strength and courage through it all. The exhibits are well put together, some are interactive. There is a free audio/ visual app that you... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We visited the museum on Sept. 16, 2014. It is a true American gem. Our group was fortunate to have unplanned welcome remarks by Dr. Newsome, the center director. His remarks were excellent. One of our docents was world known historian, Carl Westmoreland. Westmoreland provided historic information about the Underground Railroad, the role of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in the... More

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I visited the "Freedom Center" for the first time this past weekend. My primary reason for visiting the Center was for their genealogy library, but I'll get to that in a minute. Impressions on the museum: I thought it was well appointed, but not well designed. Trying to figure out where to start and where to go was a little... More

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