National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Dana R
    New Holland, Pennsylvania3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definate stop while in Cinncinati.
    Very informative. Wish I had had more time. A lot of information to take in. Employees very nice and knowledgeable. Take the time and go walk down by the river front. Parking in the parking garage nearby is very effortless.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Carol M
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum for a group visit
    As the Executive Director of AXYS (genetic.org) I visited the museum with the families from The XXYY Project. The museum made it easy for us to attend as a group. The exhibits are powerful, emotional and you will leave a changed person. The information on modern slavery is important for everyone to see.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 28, 2023
  • jenandallthethings
    112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of a lot of intense information. Give yourself time to digest it while there
    This museum is intensely packed with information. I made an effort to visit all of the exhibits and read most of the information presented. Didn't have time to watch any of the films in the two different theatres. I really enjoyed the modern perspective and application of slavery as it still exists today in various forms. You could easily spend 3 hours on just the 3rd floor, the other floors move quicker and depending on interest, can be done in a hour to 1.5hours. There was an interactive exhibit on bias. However, I personally believe the activity itself created bias. But it was interesting either way. I tried to park on the street in front of the entrance, but the time limit (not posted) was 2 hours, so then had to find a parking garage in order to finish the museum, which was frustrating. Cincy needs to get their street parking policy clear.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2024
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John H
Owego, NY13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited on a rainy day in January at a great location in downtown Cincinnati. Was excited to take our two teenage boys there to learn more about the Underground Railroad. Unfortunately, it was not the experience we were hoping for. The space in the building was very poorly utilized and was much larger than it needed to be. The actual displays took up only a small portion of the building. The displays themselves were not well designed and very hard to read! The were wordy and even had grammatical errors. For many of them, the lighting was insufficient due to burnt out bulbs and weird shadows. Many of the computer displays were non-functional and other exhibits were broken or didn't work as expected. Also, the balcony leading to freedom's eternal flame was locked. The only highlight of the visit was the Brothers of the Borderland movie. Definitely not worth the time or money.
Written January 26, 2020
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1alwaystraveling
Richmond, VA566 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The building and locations are exquisite. But unused parts, space under utilized, and just not enough being taught in an intriguing manner. I’ve been to much smaller museums which were much more impactful and informational in areas that are in similar concentration to this one. Even smaller holocaust museums that resonate their fundamental purpose of awareness. Even smaller museums dedicated to the Underground railroad that accomplished so much more in a portion of area. Yes, some of the interactive exhibits were very good, and the stretch into modern and current issues is relevant. But exhibits should be much more griping, and enticing to have lasting impact. I implore the management to to go other museums and learn which methods are effective to have the needed impact and informational fortitude. Other reviews blabbering on about “guilt” or waste of tax dollars are merely haters. The museum price is inline with museums of the same size and quality. Overall a good experience, but could be so much more.
Written July 27, 2022
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174mw12019
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is an AMAZING museum. Exhibits work at all age levels, some information is appropriate for young people, other information appropriate for older people. The docents are well-informed and extremely inviting. The museum conveys very powerful messages. Since I visited the museum, I've recommended it to anyone I knew who'd be in the Cincinatti area and all have agreed it is a life-changing experience. I wish it could be replicated around the country so that all parts of our nation could experience its truths.
Written August 21, 2020
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Tamba5
New England271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I think this is the type of museum you can visit again and again and learn something new each time.

The staff was very helpful. The exhibits were powerful! The signage was a bit too wordy. I noticed most people just walking passed longer worded signage. Due to Covid the museum has set up alternative options (foot pedals)
on some interactive element.

The gift shop was a bit uninspired.

All in all, you should visit.
Written August 8, 2021
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Aellis837
Tennessee231 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I love museums, history and reading but this place has very few artifacts and a TON of information you have to read that didn’t feel that engaging or organized. I ended up skipping over a lot because I got overwhelmed trying to read everything in just a couple of hours. I respect their important mission here, but exhibits/info/layout felt kind of thrown together. All of their info you can read in books or online at your own pace … so why pay admission for this? I’d recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe house instead. They have a very informative/intimate $6 tour that covers a lot of American slavery history and Cincy history.
Written June 23, 2023
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WmLesRob2
Columbus, OH261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a must see. We were in town on a weekend getaway and wanting to check out something new that we had not seen before in Cincy. It is a beautiful building and our visit was Five (5) stars all the way. It was such an invaluable, educational, and moving experience.

Staff was great, and the cost was $16.50 each (adult). I recommend parking at the Central Riverfront Parking Garage due to the app/meter parking limit is 3 hours and we were rushed towards the end of our visit.
Written January 29, 2023
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Momof3boyss
Anderson, AL79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
To be fair they give you a Map at the beginning of the tour. We chose self guided not sure if guided would have been extra. Anyway you start at the 3rd floor and work your way down. The entire layout could have been easier to follow with signs or visible numbers on the areas to go to next. Everything was spread of too far with no real timeline theme.
Honestly I was so excited to go to this museum to learn more about history and was completely bored out of my mind.
Masks are mandatory btw.
Written July 24, 2021
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ChefTosh
Washington DC, DC49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This was an incredible experience, but I was both surprised and disappointed that Robert Smalls was not mentioned even once in the displays. This man stole an entire ship to free slaves. South Carolina honors him in all ways. He was huge in the freeing of slaves, to the point there is a major motion picture underway about him
Written October 19, 2020
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SM Y
Malaysia21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Interesting place to have visited.
Better understanding of the history of the color people in the country.
Their hardships and challenges were share here.
Good place to bring the young and teens to remind them of the long journey the country and the people have come about and not to take advantage of today.
Written January 8, 2020
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formerstew7
Nashville, TN158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This museum is very well laid out and shares the inspiring stories of the hero’s who made it possible for enslaved people to escape their bonds in the 1800’s. There are many thought provoking exhibits which deal with the issues of enslavement, racism and the denial of freedom. We could only stay for a couple of hours, but it wouldn’t be out of the question to spend lots more time. This is a museum everyone should see.
Written June 30, 2021
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