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Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:49am

Cincinnati Music Festival Route Options and Street Closures

Please be sure to plan your visit to the museum accordingly.
Refer to the following instructions for traffic information regarding this weekend’s programming and events throughout Downtown Cincinnati according to the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering, Traffic Engineering Division.

Cincinnati Music Festival
July 26-28, 2018

Festival 513
July 27-28, 2018

Cincy Soul
July 27-29, 2018

Starting in 1962 as an all-jazz concert, this festival has evolved and grown into a multi-day festival featuring amazing music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. The Cincinnati Music Festival is held annually at Paul Brown Stadium.  This year concerts will once again take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, July 26-28.  To better handle the crowds around PBS, the Cincinnati Police Department will be implementing their Bengals traffic plan, except they will not be using the Riverfront Transit Center, which remains closed due to damages sustained during the spring floods.  Motorists are reminded of the following restrictions:

Before the concert (4-7PM):
Elm Street- closed south of Second Street
Race Street- closed south of Second Street (open to garage only)
Rosa Parks Street- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Marion Spencer Way- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Freedom Way- closed

After the concert (11PM-1AM)
Central Avenue- southbound closed south of Seventh Street
Fourth Street- closed between Elm Street and Central Avenue
Third Street- eastbound closed between the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and Third Street
W Pete Rose Way- eastbound closed between Gest Street and Central Avenue
Elm Street- closed south of Second Street
Race Street- closed south of Second Street (open to garage only)
Rosa Parks Street- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Marion Spencer Way- closed to through traffic south of Second Street
Freedom Way- closed

For more information about this event, please visit:
https://www.cincymusicfestival.com/

Also taking place during the Cincinnati Music Festival are Festival 513 and Cincy Soul.

Festival 513 is an exciting event that provides a centralized merchandise and food vending area for guests to the city and features nearly 100 merchandise and food booths.  Festival 513 is located right beside Paul Brown Stadium but in order to accommodate this event, the following streets will close on Thursday, July 26 at 10AM and remain closed until Sunday, July 29 at 7PM:

- Freedom Way- closed between Elm Street and Rosa Parks Street
- Race Street- closed south of Second Street (Access will be maintained to the Radius parking garage)

For more information about this event, please visit:
http://festival513.com/


Cincy Soul is a culinary food festival located on Fifth Street at Fountain Square.  In order to hold this event, the following street will close on Friday, July 27 at 6PM and remain closed until Sunday, July 29 at Midnight:

- Fifth Street- closed between Vine Street and Walnut Street

For more information about this event, please visit:
http://www.cincysoulblacktaste.com/
 

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 4:41pm

Confederate Currency and Confederate Memory in its Final Week

You only have until Sunday, July 15 to see the powerful exhibits Confederate Currency: The Color of Money presented by BB&T, and Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy.

Since April, the work of artist John W. Jones has been on display here at the museum showcasing images of slavery depicted on Confederate bank notes in Confederate Currency: The Color of Money presented by BB&T. These paintings gave the statement of how powerful the enslaved were to the economy of the South. As Jones says, “history informs art, which in turn artfully reveals more history”.

Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy offers insight on how the ideals of the Confederacy are still prevalent in our country today as it addresses the revisionist history and the national Confederate symbols debate.    
See these exhibits here at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center while you still can. #MyNURFC #RevealStories

Will Jones
PR & Social Media Coordinator
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:51pm

We Are Open on the Fourth of July

We are open Wednesday, July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You have the opportunity to see our exhibits during operating hours including Confederate Currency: The Color of Money, Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy, The Rosa Parks Experience and The Columbus Crossing Borders Project sponsored by Catholic Charities of Ohio. #MyNURFC

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:53pm

Cincinnati Pride Parade Route Options and Street Closures

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:

  • Seventh Street exit ramp from SB 75- closed
  • Seventh Street ramp from Gest Street- closed
  • W 8th Street- eastbound closed at Linn Street

Parade Route Closes at 10:30AM:

  • Seventh Street- closed between Central Avenue and Walnut Street
  • Plum Street- closed between Eighth Street and Sixth Street
  • Race Street- closed between Garfield Place and Sixth Street
  • Fifth Street- closed between Race Street and Walnut Street
  • Vine Street/Rosa Parks Street- closed north of Ted Berry Way
  • Freedom Way- closed between Race Street and Joe Nuxhall Way
  • Walnut Street- closed south of Second Street (Local access only)
  • Joe Nuxhall Way- closed south of Second Street
  • Mehring Way- closed between Elm Street and E Pete Rose Way
  • E Pete Rose Way- closed between Broadway and Johnny Bench Way
  • Johnny Bench Way- closed

Crossing of the parade route at the following intersections will be permitted with the assistance of the Cincinnati Police (delays should be expected):

  • Seventh Street @ Central Avenue
  • Seventh Street @ Elm Street
  • Vine Street @ Sixth Street
  • Vine Street @ Fourth Street
  • Vine Street @ Third Street
  • Vine Street @ Second Street

For more information concerning the parade, please visit:

http://cincinnatipride.org/   

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 2:27pm

We are Open Sundays

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

 

 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:20pm

2018 Summer Hours Begin Sunday, May 27

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 LegacyConfederate 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.

Will Jones
Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:56am

We're Open on Mondays in May

“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. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 3:11pm

UPDATE: The museum is open Thursday, March 29.

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 2:38pm

Closed This Thursday, March 29

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! 

 

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:24am

Route Alternatives Due to St. Patrick's Day Parade

 

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/.

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