At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, we believe in inclusive freedom – all people, everywhere enjoying rights and privileges of equal number, equal quality, and equal kind. The recent images, audio, and news coverage of children being separated from their families at the border are infuriating and heartbreaking. Many are asking – how could this happen? This practice has been inflicted upon oppressed populations in the United States for much of our nation’s existence; the legacy of the separation of enslaved families, Native American families and Japanese-American Internment are woven into the tapestry of the American experience. Sadly, today, we are watching a global crisis. The separation, criminalization, and detention of brown migrant children demands our attention and our collective action.
Call your legislators. Join a Families Belong Together rally on June 30. Do not be complicit with your silence.
Please be sure to plan your visit to the museum accordingly.TRAFFIC ALERT Cincinnati Pride Parade
June 23, 2018
The Cincinnati Pride Parade will be held this year on Saturday, June 23, 2018. In order to accommodate this event, the following streets will close at listed times and reopen immediately following the parade, at approximately 3:00PM:
Staging Area Closes at 8AM:
Parade Route Closes at 10:30AM:
Crossing of the parade route at the following intersections will be permitted with the assistance of the Cincinnati Police (delays should be expected):
For more information concerning the parade, please visit:
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is open on Sundays throughout the 2018 summer season from Noon to 5:00 p.m. As you make your travel arrangements, please keep us in mind if you’re in the Ohio area.
Additional summer Sunday hours provide opportunities for the general public to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and explore special exhibitions, including Confederate Currency: The Color of Money, sponsored by BB&T and Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy.
We hope you will consider visiting us for a powerful museum experience. For more information, go to freedomcenter.org. #MyNURFC
Mondays in May are coming to a close on Memorial Day but our seasonal summer hours are quickly approaching. Beginning on Sunday May 27, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be open on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday hours provide opportunities for the general public to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and explore special exhibitions, including Confederate Currency: The Color of Money, sponsored by BB&T and Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy. Confederate Currency investigates the significance of slavery in the economy of the South. The exhibit displays images placed in a juxtaposition of framed confederate bank notes and acrylic paintings influenced by the currency etchings portraying slavery. Confederate Memory examines historical memory and the lasting legacy of the Confederacy, addressing revisionist history and the national Confederate symbols debate. Guests can also see The Rosa Parks Experience and the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab as well as other exhibits and programs.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s summer hours begin Sunday, May 27, from noon to 5:00 p.m. The museum will also be open to the public on Memorial Day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To learn more about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.
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“Group tour season is upon us, offering educational experiences for our youth,” says Dion Brown, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “We are prepared and look forward to welcoming student groups as they experience our one-of-a-kind institution this month.”
Have you heard? We're open on Mondays throughout the month of May - including Memorial Day! Click here to learn more.
Because of the rescheduling of opening day, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be OPEN to the public this Thursday, March 29.
We will be open for our regular museum hours on Friday, March 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed to the public this Thursday, March 29. We resume our regular museum hours, Friday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We wish the Reds well on their 2018 season. Go Reds!
When visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during regular operating hours (11am-5pm) Saturday, March 10, please consider the following street closures to plan your visit accordingly. Due to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that begins at 12:00PM, the following streets will close at 9:00 am:
Mehring Way- closed between Gest Street and Elm Street; Central Avenue- closed south of W Pete Rose Way.
Please use the Race Street Entrance for parking when you arrive. The address for this entrance is 182 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For additional information in regards to parking, please visit http://thebankspublicpartnership.com/parking/.
The Race and Main Street parking garage, (underneath the museum) is now open for visitors during regular museum hours.
The Downtown Cincinnati Inc. website provides a full listing of each parking lot and garage downtown along with rates. Click here to learn more: https://www.downtowncincinnati.com/exploring-downtown/downtown-cincinnati-parking.
More parking options are available as many guests may park at The Central Riverfront Parking Garage at the Banks. The Fountain Square Parking Garage is also nearby, as well as limited street parking and surface lots. Get Directions Getting Around Downtown Cincinnati
When visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during regular operating hours (11am-5pm) this week, please consider parking at Fountain Place Garage and another uptown garage along the streetcar route if you are unable to find metered parking near the museum. Due to flooding along the banks of the Ohio River, Central Riverfront Parking Garage is only able to provide parking to monthly pass holders until 3pm.
The Downtown Cincinnati Inc. website provides a full listing of each parking lot and garage downtown along with rates. Click here to learn more: https://www.downtowncincinnati.com/exploring-downtown/downtown-cincinnati-parking
This website was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program