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“More that I expected and worth the trip, but a bit hard to find” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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Ranked #9 of 174 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.
Dover, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“More that I expected and worth the trip, but a bit hard to find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Give yourself lots of time to view this museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a very nice facility near the Ohio River. Give yourself plenty of time to view the displays and videos of this period of time when the slaves came through this area for freedom in the North. A nice bonus: the top floor has a genealogy room for you to research your ancestors.

Visited September 2013
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Dakota, Illinois
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

An excellent place to discover lots of American history. Three floors of displays, films, artifacts and memorabilia of slave history are wonderfully arrayed.

Visited September 2013
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Windsor, ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“So much to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

There was soooo much to see here. You really need a full day to be able to fully utilize the museum. The exhibits were very interesting, interactive, informative, etc. excellent view from the balcony of Cincinnati as well!

Visited August 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“History Buff Attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Surprisingly, Cincinnati does a very good job educating locals and visitors about their history, and the Freedom Center is a "must see" for people curious about area history. Due to its location on the Ohio River right across from a slave holding state, Cincinnati served as a major hub for the Underground Railroad.

The museum chronicles this history along with other threads associated with slavery and freedom. Although many exhibits are rather jumbled, it's definitely worth checking out. I didn't spend a great deal of time here, but I still learned a few new facts and found their "modern slavery" presentations thought provoking.

Note: If you have children, prepare to browse quickly and find a few highlights. There isn't much in the way of inter-active displays (outside a few "puzzle" like items that pose questions and you flip a piece to reveal the answer).

Visited September 2013
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