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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Neighborhood: Central Business District
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Address: 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Number: 513 333 7500
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Description: Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom...
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.
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Engaging and emotional

Great Museum. Very well done. My 12 year old really got a lot out of it as did we. Worth the drive from Dayton. Very happy my son will get to go again with his 8th grade... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great Museum. Very well done. My 12 year old really got a lot out of it as did we. Worth the drive from Dayton. Very happy my son will get to go again with his 8th grade classmates.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Attended on a very cold winter day. Museum was very quiet. The thing that I didn't like was there was a number of closed movies, etc which I was not made aware of when I paid my entrance fee. But overall, a great museum with great exhibits in a very spacious setting.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is an excellent museum that really engages its visitors. It is emotional, both hopeful and painful, but very much worth the visit.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They might not have a lot of 'original artifacts'... however.. to be in the LOCATION of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center historically - coupled with the great interactive displays this place receives two thumbs up! The Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a beautiful, architecturally pleasing building. Situated on the Ohio River Front Walk it is close to other attractions and... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A very expensive museum with few original artifacts. The Smithsonian has much more with regard to Underground Railroad and Civil War history. The best part is the research area in the upper levels. Retired professors help patrons to do family history and genealogy research.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Our family loved the interactive displays, video productions and listening audio. Being here raised our awareness of modern-day slavery. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Five floors of fascinating, educational displays tracing the sad history of American slavery and the underground which ran through Cincinnati. Listening audio is available throughout as well as a video production. The only negative comment is that in the chronological presentation is somewhat backwards. The beginning could be much better understood after seeing the latter displays. Top floor had a... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We went a few years ago with a group of elementary students.. The acoustics are very poor. Sound bounces everywhere. The tour guide kept telling these excited, interested kids to be quiet since the sound was bouncing everywhere. There were other groups besides ours taking tours that day. They were having similar issues. When you have elementary school age kids... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The title say's it all! This place is a massive waste of time and money! I tried to be objective, I tried to be open minded, but who ever put this travesty together needs a kick in the pants. Most everything is just sign boards with history printed across them. I could have gotten more from the library for free.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This museum is very well done, but be prepared to do a lot of reading. Informative panels display information that you must read, so it is a slow process to move about the exhibits and it is difficult to share the experience with your companions as you are reading individually. I applaud the effort of the museum, though.

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