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Exploring the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Downtown Cincinnati

Exploring the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Downtown Cincinnati

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati is a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue and a beacon of light for inclusive freedom around the globe.

The property’s physical location close to the riverfront in downtown Cincinnati is just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River, which was the great natural barrier that historically separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. Since opening in 2004, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has filled a substantial void in our nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, the museum illuminates the true meaning of inclusive freedom by presenting permanent and special exhibits that inspire; public programming that provokes dialogue and action; and educational resources that equip modern abolitionists.

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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is also one of the best things to do in Cincinnati with the kids. The underlying theme of the Underground Railroad is that the path to freedom—historically and now—is a constant struggle requiring courage, perseverance and cooperation among people of diverse backgrounds willing to help one another. By revealing the stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center challenges and inspires everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.

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The museum also features a new virtual experience commemorating Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks’ historic
demonstration, just four days before the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955—The Rosa Parks Experience. This immersive new virtual reality experience, designed by Möbius Virtual Foundry, was created to teach a new generation about the Civil Rights Movement from the first person perspective. The Rosa Parks Experience is sponsored by Procter & Gamble.

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Have you ever been interested in discovering your family’s origins, but never had the tools? Visitors can take advantage of the free family history resources available at the Family Search Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located in the John Parker Library. The library is open to everyone, from beginners to advanced genealogists, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Prepare to be inspired when you discover the stories of freedom’s heroes, and find your own, at this one of a kind museum in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit freedomcenter.org for pricing and seasonal hours.