Visiting the Center

Group Tours

Our Museum

In the Mid-19th Century, when the United States was divided between free and slave states, conductors on the Underground Railroad aided freedom seekers on their journey north, offering direction, relative safety and needed rest. The Ohio River Valley was an active site along this passage to freedom.

Today, on the banks of the Ohio River, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as a monument to the souls who risked everything in the fight for their freedom and the freedom of others.  A beacon of hope for the future where every man and woman throughout the world can and should be free.

Through engaging permanent and temporary exhibits, videos, interactive stations and special programming, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center reveals the stories of freedom’s heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad through contemporary times, challenging and inspiring all to take courageous steps for freedom today.

Group Information

In order to qualify as a group and receive the group rate, you must have at least 15 guests and schedule at least two weeks in advance. Group visits are available Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.* Payment and final head-count are due two weeks prior to your visit. Your group visit is not confirmed until you have received your confirmation letter. If you do not receive a confirmation letter within 2 business days after scheduling your group, please call (513) 333-7578 or email groupsales@nurfc.org.

If most of your group is over the age of 18, you are considered an adult group, and this is the correct webpage to use. If most of your group is 18 and younger, you are considered a school or youth group, and you must click HERE to go to the correct webpage.

*Summer Hours: Group visits can be scheduled on Sundays, between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Preview Visit for Group Leaders and Tour Operators:
Group leaders planning a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center have the option of previewing the museum at no cost. Preview visits allow you to better understand the location, exhibits and help improve the overall group experience. If you’re interested in a preview visit, please call (513) 333-7578 or email groupsales@nurfc.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Group Rate

Adult (Ages 13+): $12.00
Children (Ages 3-12): $7.00
Children Under 3: Free

We accept credit cards, checks, money orders and purchase orders. Please make your payment out to: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

You can mail your payments to the following address:
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Attn: Group Sales
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Guided and Self-Guided Tours

Guided tours are never guaranteed and are based on the availability of our volunteer docents. Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and anytime on Saturday (last tour starts at 3:00 p.m.).

Guided tours last approximately 90 minutes and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Following your guided tour, you are more than welcome to explore the rest of the museum on your own. Self-guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Click HERE to schedule your visit and fill out the online reservation form. 

To speak with a group sales representative, please call (513) 333-7578 or email groupsales@nurfc.org.

Click HERE to download a group brochure.

Tours

Highlights Tour: 90 Minutes

The Highlights Tour takes guests throughout the museum and focuses on the history of slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Abolitionist Movement and the modern day struggles for freedom throughout the world.

Women of Courage Tour: 90 Minutes

This guided thematic tour highlights the courage, cooperation and perseverance of more than 20 women who each overcame personal struggles to achieve freedom. This tour highlights the accomplishments of women, famous and not so famous, who have championed freedom in the U.S. and across the globe.  Some of the women featured on the tour include Ellen Craft, Harriet Tubman, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Susan B. Anthony and others.

Faith to Freedom Tour: 90 Minutes

This guided thematic tour shares the inspirational story of those who, by their incredible faith, helped loosen the shackles of slavery from this nation. In the decades leading up to the American Civil War nearly four million men, women and children were enslaved, owned by someone else. They were forced to work from sunup to sundown, faced harsh punishments and the possibility of being separated from their families at any time. A group of devout members of the faith community banded together and helped form one of the most successful resistance movements this country has ever seen, the Underground Railroad. The stories on the tour make us all look inside ourselves today and reflect on our own faith. 

The Solomon Northup Tour: Self-guided

Take an immersive look at the life of Solomon Northup. This self-guided tour will help you understand the historical context for what Northup experienced during his time in slavery, and the role of abolitionists in helping him to re-gain his freedom. Visit eight stations inside the museum as you learn more about the story of Solomon Northup. Click HERE to download the tour booklet for your visit.

Self-Guided Tour

A self-guided tour allows you to explore the museum on your own, at your own pace. Exhibits are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. 

Exhibits

Click HERE to download our museum map and description of our exhibits.

Family Research Center

The Family Research Center gives you the tools to trace your family tree and reconnect with your ancestors.  The center is run by volunteers, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. If you’re interested in visiting the Family Research Center, please call (513) 333-7654.

Lunch

Due to capacity restraints, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center may not be able to provide accommodations inside the building for large groups that bring their lunches. Please call (513) 333-7578 for details.

For a list of local restaurants, click HERE.

Guidelines

  • Payment and final head-count are due two weeks prior to your visit.
  • Video & flash photography are prohibited within the exhibits.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your visit for check-in and orientation.
  • Please refrain from using the revolving doors.
  • The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Cancellations made within 48 hours of your visit, are subject to pay 50% of the reservation. No shows are subject to pay 100% of the reservation.
  • Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Groups cannot pay individually. You are not eligible for the group rate if you pay individually.
  • Disruptive groups will be asked to leave.