As a long time Cincinnati resident who likes museums, the Freedom Center has been on my to do list for a while. We finally went during a staycation, about noon on a weekday. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Parking was easy, the building is beautiful with an amazing view of the river, and the price was appropriate.
You start with a movie made by about 3 different artists, but I felt the movie was more artsy than substantive. Also, I'm 5'3 and my knees touched the seat in front of me- I have no idea how taller people can sit in the theater. Anyway, my feelings on the movie pretty much sum up the rest of the museum- that the freedom center is more focused on art and acts more like a slavery memorial than actual museum that engrosses the audience in history.
The center does have a fascinating, reassembled slave pen and you can download a free app that will let you follow the exhibit along. But overall, I felt the exhibits lacked artifacts, interactions, and depth. Slavery is such a raw, emotional part of history, but I've been more moved and educated with a one hour documentary than I did with several hours at this center. Also, the movie about half way through has laughably bad acting.
No one but us and a school field trip were there. And from what I hear this museum has continued to take financial losses, only to be saved by the public and union terminal. Now I know why. Save your time and your money and go to union terminal.
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