Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The museum will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 23 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Through November 30, veterans will receive free general admission to the museum. Free admission will be granted by showing veteran identification at the visitor services desk in the main lobby of the museum. We thank you for your service.

Visitors can also experience Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, sponsored by Thomas R. Schiff, John and Francie Pepper, Macy’s, and The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee, through the month of November. The exhibition commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by documentary photographer Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Program offerings include community conversations, film screenings, and Mandela Fridays – where visitors can go on weekly guided tours with museum staff. Admission for Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is $10 per person, $5 for members.

In addition to Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, visitors can also immerse themselves in The Rosa Parks Experience – via a virtual reality headset – and explore the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab. Whether you’re staying home or traveling, we at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center wish you a fun and safe holiday season. For more information about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit

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