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“Beautiful Museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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Ranked #10 of 153 things to do in Cincinnati
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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.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Beautiful Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

I had no idea how impressive this relatively new museum is until I visited it in person. I allowed two hours for the visit, thinking that this would be enough time, but it was clearly not enough. I rushed through the exhibits, wishing that I had closer to a full day to take it all in. It's well worth a visit if you are in the area. However, do not be misled by the name: although it certainly deals with the Underground Railroad, as is appropriate in a city that was heavily involved in it, it covers far more than the U.S. era of slavery. It covers various sorts of human rights issues, including sex trafficking internationally and workers who are enslaved by brutal working conditions, even though they may have been hired at least nominally voluntarily. For relaxed breaks overlooking the Ohio River, there is a nice 3rd story patio with a permanent flame adding symbolism. When my toddlers grew tired of museum exhibits I let them play on the patio to gain their second wind. Many of the museum exhibits are intended for visitors older than toddlers, so that break area is particularly nice for families with very young children.

Visited March 2013
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“Loved it!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

It moved me to tears it was soo good!! Beautiful building, beautiful location, wonderful exhibits. Staff nice and friendly!!! Cost only $12!! Plan to spend about 4 hours inside if you want to see EVERYTHING!! I recommend the iPod touch tour, it has movies you can watch and gives you tons of extra info.

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Excellent, informative, interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

World class museum. Very much recommended. We learned a lot and spent 2+ hours here no problem. Good audio guide. I'd have expected something of this standard in New York, Chicago so was surprised to find in a smaller city.

Visited March 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Very Well Done”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Our visit was very educational and entertaining. They have many hands-on exhibits. The experience of the runaway slave was very sobering and well done

Visited September 2012
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“An eye opener. All about contemporary enslavement as well.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Maps, photos, plus a cabin where slaves were actually housed. Great bookstore. Structure is a beautiful modern building near the waterfront. Contemporary issues are central to the museum, including human trafficking, as well as revelations about the slave trade in the US starting in the 1600's. Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not just slave owners, they were traffickers.

Visited March 2013
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