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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati

(4.1/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center explores the topics of slavery, inequality, and freedom, paying particular attention to the history of slavery in the United States and the role of the Underground Railroad. The center sits on the banks of the Ohio River, which thousands of slaves crossed as they fled the slave states of the South for the relative safety of Ohio during the 19th century. Take in the impressive collection of items, multimedia exhibits, and personal stories relating to slavery, the civil rights movement, and contemporary freedom struggles. You can go inside one of the premier artifacts here: a restored slave pen built in 1839. Note that the center has no snack or drink facilities, so bring your own if you are planning a long visit. Use our Cincinnati itinerary planner to add National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and other attractions to your Cincinnati vacation plans.
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  • A great building & design. Must visit if you have young children for education. It's adjacent to the balcony on the second floor & has a marvelous view of the Ohio River. It's $15 for adult but it's f...  more »
  • Nice museme thoufh we took a tour the staff women who gave the tour was very imformative and very friendly. She was able to answer any questions. The exhibits where good but if your going to have inte...  more »
  • Powerful and educational lessons on the subjugation of Blacks and Native Americans throughout American history. My husband and I took our time and spent over three hours there. 
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  • On Nov. 5th 2016 we did a large group family tour of this so important building and subject. It was a huge disappointment to us the way the tour guide twist her owe political agenda into the whole story. She claimed that as of today our police go knocking on poor black people's doors harassing them and often arrest them to keep the jails at 90% of black inmates which she claimed is the projected target American law has in place. Now we all know history well enough that we also know there where many white people that risk and even gave their lives to help the black slaves to escape, infact they have this information as well and we walked right underneath a hanging banner but never once did she mention these people. We thought that the "Freedom Center" was about the underground railroad which this guide seemed to totally overlook. We would all recommend that you do not get some political guide that wants to try a push their own narrative on you but instead just go through and read the information yourself. We as a family knew of "John Brown " naming just one of many of the people that helped free the slaves. We used to sing the song "John Brown had a little Indian " in our home growing up, knowing he was anti-slave. This is a great place to get some knowledge on history but as a contractor must say way over budget for what is on display at a 100 million. And folks, if your are going to have a guide I would recommend that you prepare yourself to be lead off track and you may ask that the guide leaves her phone in her pocket and not try and text others while she is giving her owe political view instead of facts.... what a joke
  • Staff was very detached. Every worker I met was on there cellphones texting. No direction. For what they have it's OK but I believe it can be so much better. Beautiful building with massive space not enough exhibit. It seems like a waste because it had much potential but clearly not enough support for the history or vision.
  • Beautiful museum with a lot of history to absorb. They have plenty of free events throughout the year. It's great for all ages and backgrounds. They offer tour guides and the gift shop workers are very nice and helpful!
  • Good experience. Lots to learn about slavery and those who helped slaves escape. We suggest they improve the lighting on many exhibits as some were hard to read due to light and shadow contrasts on text. Good to combine this with stops in Louisville, KY at Muhammed Ali Center, and Fraser History Center, along with Lakewood, OH (Cleveland suburb) to see the "last stop" at park on shore of Lake Eire.
  • I would like to rate this establishment better given its purpose, but the information was sparse and the tour guide was spacey at best, probably stoned