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“So much to see” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
513 333 7500
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Ranked #15 of 189 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Windsor, ON
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“So much to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

There was soooo much to see here. You really need a full day to be able to fully utilize the museum. The exhibits were very interesting, interactive, informative, etc. excellent view from the balcony of Cincinnati as well!

Visited August 2013
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“History Buff Attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Surprisingly, Cincinnati does a very good job educating locals and visitors about their history, and the Freedom Center is a "must see" for people curious about area history. Due to its location on the Ohio River right across from a slave holding state, Cincinnati served as a major hub for the Underground Railroad.

The museum chronicles this history along with other threads associated with slavery and freedom. Although many exhibits are rather jumbled, it's definitely worth checking out. I didn't spend a great deal of time here, but I still learned a few new facts and found their "modern slavery" presentations thought provoking.

Note: If you have children, prepare to browse quickly and find a few highlights. There isn't much in the way of inter-active displays (outside a few "puzzle" like items that pose questions and you flip a piece to reveal the answer).

Visited September 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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“Sobering and Inspiring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This space is incredible and they have a great collection. I would caution that I was there with my 13 year old daughter. There is an exhibit on child slavery in the world today and also an exhibit on sexual slavery. I can't imagine anyone not being affected by the exhibits as I know I was, but my daughter was so upset we had to leave. I would recommend a little prep for kids before going, but still taking them for sure.

Visited September 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great collection, not as user friendly as you would hope”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We really loved this place, but it was a bit difficult to get started. Desk person said you were meant to start on second floor. Do not follow this advice if it's what you are told. It's like coming into the middle of the story! Go immediately to the third floor where you begin with the beginning of the story of slavery in the colonies and progress through reconstruction. The second floor exhibits flesh out the story and highlight many important people, places and events...but the third floor exhibits give you the complete historical context to make sense of these stories. Good films, amazing artifacts and some electrifying art! Bookstore/gift shop also a real highlight and the building itself is magnificent. Sitting in a window seeing the river with Kentucky just across the bridge is very meaningful. Don't miss it, but be sure to get the full impact by getting the whole story!

Visited September 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Do expect to spend some time there----use the app---it is great to use when you visit. It helps so much to create what it was like back in the day. I think they did a great job of looking at slavery in a variety of angles---slaves, political aspects, those involved in being part of the underground railroad, slave owners etc. After the visit---it made us look at the Ohio River in a different light.

Visited September 2013
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