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The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion

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The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion

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2000 Belmont Mansion Dr Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19131-3713
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Overbrook LoopSEPTA37 min
52nd StSEPTA47 min
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LJ_ wrote a review Sep 2017
London, United Kingdom145 contributions40 helpful votes
I found the museum very informative and interesting . Really gave us a insight into the Underground Railroad , and about the routes, methods of communications. We got to see the stairs the slaves went up to hide
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Sheila S wrote a review Jan 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania244 contributions62 helpful votes
Unless you are with a group, you may find yourself taking a private tour, as was the case when a friend and I utlized our Groupon purchase. We were fortunate to be accompanied by Tabia, a knowledgeable and understanding staff member. There is a short video that helps with the historical perspective of the building. You will follow the life of Cornelia Wells, an indentured servant purchased to serve the abolistionist Judge Peters and his family. The home is furnished with period pieces and an array of slave photographs with biographies. The house was saved from demolition thanks to the dedication of the American Women's Heritage Society. Try to go on a clear day when you can appreciate the glorious view from the top of Belmont Plateau as well. Plan on a lot of standing and narrow stairways.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Tom L wrote a review Nov 2016
New Castle, Delaware102 contributions19 helpful votes
We visited on a Saturday and found our way in to the tour.We were greeted by Jim and appreciated his insight of the estate.We agree that better signage is needed.Definitely worth the visit.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Donny N wrote a review Jul 2016
New Rochelle, New York187 contributions41 helpful votes
There was no signage when we pulled up so it was difficult to know where to go. The staff was friendly and getting ready for a wedding. We watched a short video and toured two stories of the house. Just wish there were more information specific to the house's role in the underground railroad. Wish there was more money to infuse and bring it up to the level it deserves.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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MeraKi25 wrote a review Nov 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,693 contributions612 helpful votes
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The underground railroad museum at Belmont Mansion was a groupon find. It was simple to locate and the staff was super friendly... once you could find them. We arrived at 10:45 (15 mins before they open) and wandered the grounds. We tried almost all the doors a few minutes after 11, finding all but one locked. When we did try the "main entrance" (see where the sign says NAACP), a man answered the door to start our tour. It was very strange. However, he was very nice as was the woman we ran into later. The tour started in a small room with a video and some placards. You were then walked to the main house with some additional buttons to play for stories and more placards to read. The displays are older, the mannequins are scary, but the information is good. Overall a positive experience, but this place could use a little better signage!
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Date of experience: November 2015
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