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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 3:15pm

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 freedomcenter.org.

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:26pm

Veterans Receive Free Admission to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through November 30

Contact: Jamie Glavic
(513) 802-7355
jglavic@nurfc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Veterans Receive Free Admission to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through November 30

Free Admission for Veterans Begins Sunday, November 11

CINCINNATI, OH (November 9, 2017) – Veterans can enjoy free general admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center beginning this Sunday, November 11, through Friday, November 30, 2018. Free general admission will be granted by showing veteran identification at the visitor services desk in the main lobby of the museum.

"I served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and I personally understand the dedication and sacrifices of those who served in the armed forces," says Dion Brown, President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. "By offering free admission to veterans, we at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, honor and thank you for your service."

Visitors to the museum throughout the month of November can 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. 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.

Free general admission for veterans to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center begins this Sunday, November 11, through Friday, November 30, 2018. For more information about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.

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About National Underground Railroad Freedom Center The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:31am

2018 Winter Hours Begin Monday, October 1

Beginning on Monday October 1, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed on Mondays in observance of our scheduled winter hours announced earlier this year. Winter hours will be in effect October - February.

Winter Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For more information about exhibits and programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 2:47pm

Oktoberfest Traffic Notices & Street Closures

Planning to visit this weekend? Please note that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is held on 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Elm and Walnut. The museum is open and we look forward to welcoming you and festival goers to The Banks community for a weekend of activities for the whole family. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati road closures and traffic information can be found here: https://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/getting_here/hours-and-directions

This Saturday, September 22, we are opening out doors free of charge to all  Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, September 22, 2018, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums can be found at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay/Search.

Emancipation Day: Our Future Is To Be Forever Free!

This Saturday we also join the statewide commemoration of President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary emancipation proclamation to abolish slavery in 1862. Visitors can experience dramatic readings of the African American folktale The People Could Fly, participate in a conversation with the museum’s senior historian Carl Westmoreland, and join the screening of Civil War: The Untold Story.

12:00 p.m. Dramatic reading of The People Could Fly

1:00 p.m. A Conversation with Senior Historian, Carl Westmoreland

3:00 p.m. Civil War: The Untold Story film screening

Visitors to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center can also purchase tickets for MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU and The Rosa Parks Experience. MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by 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. Tickets are $10 per person. The Rosa Parks Experience is a virtual experience commemorating Parks’ historic demonstration, just four days before the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Tickets are $5 per person.

See you this weekend!

 
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/
 

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 - 4:11pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Responds to Family Separation and Detention at the Border

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.

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/   

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. 

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