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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati

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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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  • The National Underground Railroad Museum Center is a must see if your are in Cincinnati, Ohio! In all my travels around this country I have never seen a museum that tells the story of slavery as this ...  more »
  • The museum was a very eye opening experience. There are currently two special exhibits: Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, in addition to the underground railroad portion. Mandela was amazing. The depth o...  more »
  • This is an excellent documentation of part of our nations history, the best Iv'e seen. Certainly, it was not our finest hour. We sat through a couple of short movies and my wife had tears in her eyes....  more »
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  • MY daughter and I really enjoyed our time at THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. I learned about how people rescued the slaves. IT is important for us to remember what those precious people endured they were treated like property! We r all the same !
  • Going off from attending a field trip to the freedom center, it was OK. However, there was only little information I never was really taught in school. Everything was a review, and I could tell the other students I was with did not want to be here. Everyone became more tired and uninterested as more facts and lessons were being taught. For an impressive amount of space in the building, almost half of the space was pretty much empty and it could have been used for so much more. In the space that was already filled, there wasn't a lot of artifacts or relics from the time that slavery was still going on. A majority of what I saw was a short film, and barely nothing from slavery time. And this place does not seem worth while to go to a second time. If this is your first time making a trip to the freedom, I will not judge you for that. However, after reading this review, you might want to reconsider your trip.
  • This museum cum exhibition documents history of slavery and freedom and it does a great job at it. Documents history of american slave trade and struggle or slave. At the same time, it shines light on current state of slavery on international stage and emphasizes that there is still a lot to be done. This is a must visit place if you are in Cincinnati.
  • Such a cool place to be! You learn a lot and it takes you on an emotional and intellectual ride. They even help you with ancestry find.
  • Very nice. Really enjoyed spending a couple hours here with my wife, as large as the building is I kinda expected more to look at but I still enjoyed what was there