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“Highly disappointed”

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Ranked #20 of 154 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as the nation's newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Glad we purchased tickets at a significant discount through a local deals website. The museum should utilize the vast emptiness of space to have more interaction. Also, could they at least cover the vast history instead of the many displays covering what is found in text books? The facility itself is gorgeous, but lacks major substance. You are much better off spending extra time and going to the Levi Coffin house in Indiana for real interactive history.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This "museum" is more a chronology of slavery than underground railroad museum. There is one small section devoted to the UR, and the video that plays as one is leaving the UR section depicts the immediate post-slavery era in the South (when blacks were technically not slaves and instead were allowed to share crop) as much better than it was for blacks, according to my information. Because it is a video, children are likely to stop and watch and get a very incorrect impression of post-war conditions for blacks in the South. Our child stopped and watched it, and we explained that it was not so accurate. Additionally, there are a LOT of placards/displays with historical chronologies and facts (and few actual artifacts) which means a LOT of reading, which means most children will not be engaged very long, in my experience. Probably need to be fifteen years old or very interested in reading about slavery in order to remain engaged through the entire building.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

My wife and I took three of our grandkids (seven year olds) there and the had a great time. The displays prompted many questions from the kids. Some were easy to answer, and some made us dig deep for explanations. We spent about two hours there and we could have spent more - it's a don't miss place.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We drove from Columbus to Cincinnati to visit the National Underground Railroad Museum Freedom Center. There is ample parking garages and street parking close to the museum, it's right next to the baseball and football stadiums on the riverfront. Please allow three to four hours to fully immerse yourself as there is a lot of information and a theater presentation that's well worth your time. The staff was very friendly and it's a well laid out Museum. Definitely worth your time as tickets for adults were $15 and it's an integral part of Ohio and our national history that needs to be presented in this type of format. We will definitely come back.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

The building itself is super nice! There was quite a bit of history, which is interesting, but not as much as I expected. There was more information about the timeline of slavery, then there was about the Underground Railroad. Obviously, you don’t have one without the other, but there could be more effort put into the exhibits for the Underground Railroad, since that’s the name of the building. A piece of the Berlin Wall can be found outside of the building.

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