The "underground railroad" is a touchstone of America's past that appeals to all people - blacks, whites, and even native peoples took part in resisting slavery by assisting those fleeing from it.
The museum's name is a bit of a misnomer, however, in that the subject matter is more broad: it presents the history of chattel slavery, abolitionism, emancipation, and the continuing struggle for racial equality in America. It also addresses the persistence of enslaved labor today.
The exhibits are easy to understand, attractive in design, and include multimedia elements. Period artifacts are used to good effect. There are also some monumental spaces with large artworks and a reconstructed slave pen building from Kentucky..
At the time of my visit, there was a temporary exhibit of photo montages of places associated with abolition and the underground railroad that I found very moving.
The admission, $12 for adults, seemed a little steep to me at first, but I found it in the end to be a good value and educational in many ways. Visitors should note that local signs to parking ect. are for the "Freedom Center," and that parking is underground, and entered from the block closer to the river, not the side of the museum's street address.