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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 600+ 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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  • Disappointing and did not cover as much Civil War history as we would have hoped. After we left we felt like it was a waste of our money. 
  • This is a very interesting place to visit. I would recommend it. The group of us was there for over 4 hours and learned about all sorts of ways people have been made slaves. I liked the second floor m...  read more »
  • Overall, the exhibits provided a very moving experience as the impact of slavery on families was painfully displayed. The varied exhibits showed how the underground railroad helped slaves escape being...  read more »
  • I really enjoyed the information this place has concerning this point in history. Which I deeply feel is not only captivating but necessary to know about. The reason I only put 3 stars is because I wish they wouldn't sneak in the gay rights movement stuff in there, because the Black mans struggles of equality and the gays struggle for acceptance come from totally different spectrums. It doesn't take two brain cells remotely communicating to figure that out. And I'll mention here that it seems gays have more rights then us straight folk. On top of that African Americans are still getting shot by racist, unworthy scum that try to call themselves police, shooting to kill instead of using the taser, whereas it seems gays have everyone working for them except for those who suffer loss of rights and opinions due to their rather large extent of protection and coverage. They didn't make a "hate-crime" in the Civil Rights Movement for the African Americans nor do they do anything like that for Native Americans or Hispanics. Just pointing out the irony folks. Put that gay stuff in a different museum. And please whatever you do,,, don't say gay rights is the same or similar to the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Great museum bringing your attention the history of slavery in the US (and world), both in the past and present. This was not merely a problem that came and went, but persists in many countries in the form of child slavery, sex trafficking, and more. Very eye-opening and I hope you create time to visit if you are in the area.
  • Well worth the visit, modestly priced. Beautiful building, lovely setting close to the river, variety of displays relaying historical facts including an authentic "Slave Pen" and we were fortunate to tag along with a group that had Carl Westmoreland as the tour guide. It was an informative and thought provoking experience. Glad we went.
  • Excellent narration of a long history of slave trade in USA and the world. Includes stories of men and women who experienced slavery and who worked to end slavery. Story includes the sad state of ongoing slavery and exploition of millions of people today.
  • This was a very interesting and informative experience. It's a beautiful museum, and I really recommend it, especially if you don't know much about the subject.
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