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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 87 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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Attleboro, MA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you have time, I would definitely recommend visiting. It was an intense experience and really opened my eyes and to know that to this day, there is still a form of slavery going on except it's called Human Trafficking!!! We spent 4 hours seeing all the exhibits/movies....

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This impressive museum tracing the efforts taken to help escaped slaves. The parallels that are drawn with modern slavery make for a sobering visit. The only two negative points were: - cafe had very little food available, and - the layout of the museum is such that it's difficult to work out how best to see it all.

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columbus, ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Love this museum and how everything is presented. There was a special quilt exhibit there that I could have spent hours at! My 11 year old enjoyed as much as my 22 year old!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I spent 4 hours there with my 15 year old niece and 4 young children (9, 6, 3 and 18 months). This was the best way to teach my children about the abolitionist movement, slavery and the Underground Railroad. Several of the exhibits moved me to tears. The employees were friendly and knowledgable and went out of their way to... More

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NJ
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15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Some great material presented here and multiple films. Only criticism is that there is a bit of repetition and it is not very clear how to best tour the museum.

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Jackson, Ohio
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Smithsonian Museum does not have anything on this place. Excellent day and so educational. Hands on exhibits and so easy to navigate through the places. The guides are numbered and very self explanatory. Plan to allow 4-5 hours to see the entire exhibit. Would be best to check the Reds schedule and avoid game days as parking can be... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My family of four visited the museum on August 12, 2014. It proved a powerful experience for all of us. The museum effectively uses a variety of media -- ranging from videos to artists quilts -- to convey the courage and bravery of those who participated in the Underground Railroad. The range of media and intellectual sophistication appealed to kids... More

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Rockville, Rhode Island
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I really expected to enjoy this museum. I really wanted to enjoy it. The impressive, imposing building held a great deal of promise. However, as another reviewer suggested, it seems like a great deal of money was spent on the building, but that little was spent on the exhibits. The building seems empty, and the few exhibits are poorly organized... More

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Helotes, Texas, Usa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was recommended as a must see during a visit to Cincinnati and I now echo that recommendation. Very well laid out and captures the essence of the time period depicted. Would recommend having several hours to fully take in all of the exhibits in the Center. The cabin in the center of the building... More

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Toronto, Canada
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

What a great space! Well designed and well thought out. Exhibits were well designed, easy to read and contained a lot of information. The flow of videos worked really well to help explain and add depth to a very serious subject.

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