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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio

Learn about past and present struggles for freedom in the United States and beyond at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on the banks of the Ohio River. This inspiring museum explores the history of enslaved people, the Underground Railroad, the abolition of slavery, and the civil rights movement.

The Freedom Center is symbolically located steps away from where enslaved peoples crossed from the southern slave states into the free states of the north. Permanent and rotating exhibitions display artifacts, art, and film, and tell the stories of the heroes of the fight for freedom from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times. Highlights include an immersive movie about Ohio abolitionists and an exhibition about modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Guided and self-guided walking tours of Cincinnati typically stop at the Freedom Center.

  • Tickets must be bought in advance or with a credit card on the day. Cash is not accepted.

  • Admission is free on the fifth and third Sunday of each month, plus MLK Day and Juneteenth.

  • The building and parking are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is located in downtown Cincinnati, within walking distance of major hotels and attractions including the Great American Ball Park. You can park in the garage below the museum; limited metered street parking is also available adjacent to the museum.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from mid-morning until early evening—the last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Guided tours are offered twice daily on Saturdays for an additional fee. Keep an eye on the Freedom Center's calendar for information about special events and discussions.

While in Cincinnati, you should also stop by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. A 5-minute drive north of the Freedom Center, the building was the 19th-century home of the abolitionist and author of the antislavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. It was also a boarding house and tavern listed in the Green Book, the segregation-era travel guide that identified businesses that would accept Black customers. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House offers guided tours led by educators.


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