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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Cincinnati

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati
OH
45202
Tel: 513 333 7500

Where are we going today?

America is the land of the free, so why not visit a museum that honors those who struggled for freedom? If you're in Cincinnati, you can do just that!

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was created to tell the story of those who struggled for the freedom that the country has today, through exhibits and programs that the whole family can understand and appreciate.

Kids - do you know what the center refers to by the Underground Railroad? Well, if you thought it's an actual underground railroad, you'd be wrong! In fact, it refers to a secret network of escape routes that actually existed in the years leading up to that infamous Civil War. 

One of those routes passed right into Cincinnati! These were used by slaves who were trying to escape, so they could flee through states where slavery was legal. Along the way, they were given help and shelter by those who opposed it. What an incredible story! And that is just one of the stories that you can learn all about during your visit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 

The center also has children-focused activities so they can learn all about this fascinating history, and how people with diverse backgrounds are wiling to help one another. An invaluable lesson!

In addition to the permanent exhibits, the center has changing exhibits and events throughout the year so there will always be something that you can see that's new.

So next family day out, why not visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and learn all about history and the human spirit first hand!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15
  • Children$10.50 (Ages 3-12)
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

11am - 5pm Tues - Sat. Open Mondays in May 11am - 5pm

All year round

Teachers corner

The Freedom Center prides itself on being a rich resource for educating school children, and the public at large, about the issues of slavery, freedom, and the world-wide struggle for equality, both past and present..

I'm Hungry!

The Freedom Center's North Star Cafe, located on the ground floor, offers an appealing menu of lunch time favorites. "Grab 'N Go" snack items, including fresh fruit, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and hot cocoa are also available. .

Need a little extra help?

The Freedom Center has wheelchairs available at the Coat Check upon request if you need them, and the museum is accessible.

Can I get one of those?

They Gift Shop offers a wide array of books, recordings and unique gift items so make sure you take that pocket money so you can take a part of the museum home with you.

More information

There are several parking options available, but the most popular area is the Central Riverfront Parking Garage.

What people are saying?

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    Three friends and I took the day off today to visit the Freedom Center. We already hadtickets in hand and were looking forward to the experience. Unfortunately, when we got to Cincinnati, it was a traffic nightmare. We made our way to the underground parking garage of the Freedom Center only to be told that we were not allowed access because we did not have a pass. This was true for every parking lot from the stadium all the way up to Sixth Street and beyond. After searching for parking for more than two hours, we finally gave up and went home....Read More

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    Gives a fuller representation of slavery and the underground railroad. Very nice. Must see for anyone visiting Cinci.

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    One of the best African-American history themed experiences in the country. Located on the Ohio river next to the Great American ballpark, where the Reds play. Just make a day of it!

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    Wonderful place. Bright, open, windows all around so you have natural lighting and get great views of the city. The tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and always open to questions. Much to see and learn. Exhibits are set in chronological order from enslavement of African Americans to their emancipation to African Americans today to modern slavery. A wonderful place that everyone should visit.

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    Next time I will allow 3 hrs, so much to see and fabulous information !

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by Ginger Ring

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Three friends and I took the day off today to visit the Freedom Center. We already hadtickets in hand and were looking forward to the experience. Unfortunately, when we got to Cincinnati, it was a traffic nightmare. We made our way to the underground parking garage of the Freedom Center only to be told that we were not allowed access because we did not have a pass. This was true for every parking lot from the stadium all the way up to Sixth Street and beyond. After searching for parking for more than two hours, we finally gave up and went home. We were told by the police officer working the gate at the parking garage that it was a mandate of the city that the Reds and Bengals be given priority and that the gates were automatically locked to anyone not possessing a pass. I think it is ridiculous that patrons to the Freedom Center are locked out of Freedom Center parking. It's pathetic. A business should be able to accommodate its patrons without interference from the city. The next time you complain about funding maybe you should remind the city that you could do better if they would actually allow your patrons to visit. I like baseball, but guess what, I like education, too. I'm not displeased with the Freedom Center itself, because obviously I didn't get to see it, but shame on a city that has such stupid policies. .

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