Last updated: 6/16/2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
Street Address
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Mailing Address
Cincinnati, OH 45202
phone: 513-333-7500
Tuesday - Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
Open Mondays in May, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adults: $15
Seniors (over 60): $13
Children (3-12): $10.50
Children under 3: Free
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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates the heroes who created the secret network through which the enslaved could escape to freedom, the Underground Railroad. From this historical vantage point of courage, cooperation and perseverance, we relate this uniquely American story to the contemporary efforts of Modern Abolition, inspiring everyone to take steps for freedom today.

Despite the triumphant prose of our American history books, slavery didn’t fully end 150 years ago. Today and throughout time, people around the world have struggled for their freedom. Yet, as forms of slavery evolve, so do the imaginations of those fighting for freedom. Abolition continues beyond 1865 as well. Courageous freedom fighters march alongside the enslaved, working to rescue and end exploitation. Their innovation and cooperation yield the victories—big and small—we celebrate today, as we work to make freedom a reality.

Through permanent and traveling exhibits, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center shares the stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring us all.


Opened on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati in 2004, the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today. A history museum with more than 100,000 visitors annually, it serves to inspire modern abolition through connecting the lessons of the Underground Railroad with today’s freedom fighters. The center is also a convener of dialogue on freedom and human rights.

Educational Programs

Let the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center be your teaching partner! We offer a variety of experiences specifically designed for school groups aligned with content standards and benchmarks for both Ohio and National Academic Standards. A visit will unlock American History and excite your students for years to come as we enhance school-based curriculum through interactive learning tours.

We use the lessons of the Underground Railroad with K-12 curriculum to create lively and engaging docent-led tours that will bring learning to life outside of the classroom. Our exhibits and diverse programs help students gain greater connections between the history of institutionalized slavery in America and global modern-day abolition.

And if you can't make a visit, let us bring the Freedom Center to you. We offer historical interpreters, traveling trunks and digital backpack activities for your classroom.

Teacher Institutes and Workshops

These focused workshops are developed for educators interested in digging deeper into how to best teach the legacies of slavery and the Underground Railroad, contemporary slavery and the triumph of the human spirit in their classrooms. This is a time to hear from scholars, professionals, and contemporary freedom heroes.


Discover Your Family Roots

Have you ever been interested in discovering your family's origins, but never had the tools? Now you can take advantage of the FREE family history resources available at the FamilySearch Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Volunteers provide free, personalized assistance in tracing your family tree. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The FamilySearch Center is located in the John Parker Library, on the fourth floor of the Freedom Center. The Library is open to everyone, from beginners to advanced genealogists.


Appointment required: No


We look forward to hosting your event here!

With spectacular river views, soaring architecture, and the highest-quality food and beverage service, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is one of the region's most-in-demand venues for private and special events.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center offers a stunning location for you to host your private event. Freedom Center is home to multiple spaces to utilize for your wedding, social, or corporate event. We have both intimate and open spaces that showcase Cincinnati’s scenic downtown and Ohio Riverfront, meant for you and your guests to enjoy.

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