National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is at 50 E. Freedom Way. Located on the banks of the Ohio River, which once marked the border between slave and free states, this 158,000-square-foot facility houses a collection that tells about slavery in America, highlighting the role of the Underground Railroad. The perseverance, courage and multicultural cooperation that led to the freedom of so many is celebrated with interactive exhibits and multimedia. The center also addresses modern abolition, connecting the past to the present.
Visitors see an actual 1830 two-story log slave pen, with wrought-iron shackles intact, which was moved from Kentucky. Professional displays and interactive, thought-provoking exhibits trace 300 years of slavery in North America. A series of five powerful short films is shown. One gallery is geared toward children.