comScore

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

#5 in Best Things To Do in Cincinnati

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center picture in Cincinnati
Courtesy the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Key Info

Details

  • Museums, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5
Overall
US NEWS LOGO

Scorecard

  • Value
    4.5
  • Facilities
    4.5
  • Atmosphere
    4.5

Read about how we rank Things to Do.

This museum, which opened in 2004, sits along the banks of the Ohio River. And it's a very fitting location since thousands of slaves actually crossed the river from Kentucky into Cincinnati when following the Underground Railroad. Today, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center tells the story of slavery in America with several exhibits, giving a broad sweep of three centuries of history and a more detailed look at the Civil War era. The center also works to educate visitors on the slavery that continues to plague the world.

One TripAdvisor user had high praise for the center: "Such a fantastic, educational museum chronicling the Underground Railroad's history. The staff is friendly, the facility is clean, parking is affordable and accessible."

You'll find the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located on Freedom Way near the Great American Ball Park. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission costs $12; tickets for children ages 3 to 12 are $8; and entry for seniors is $10. For more information, visit the center's website.

Powered by Viator

Hotels Nearby

  • Thing to Do
  • Hotel
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel ...

  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
The Westin Cincinnati

The Westin Cincinnati ...

  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
AC Hotel Cincinnati at the Banks

AC Hotel Cincinnati at the Banks ...

  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
See all hotels in Cincinnati »

More Best Things to Do in Cincinnati

Eden Park picture in Cincinnati
Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum picture in Cincinnati
Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cincinnati Art Museum picture in Cincinnati
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Great American Ball Park picture in Cincinnati
Sports Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center picture in Cincinnati
Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cincinnati Music Hall picture in Cincinnati
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Findlay Market picture in Cincinnati
Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum picture in Cincinnati
Museums, Sports Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden picture in Cincinnati
Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
MainStrasse Village picture in Cincinnati
Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal picture in Cincinnati
Museums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
American Sign Museum picture in Cincinnati
Museums Type
Newport Aquarium picture in Cincinnati
Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
|

#1 Eden Park On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located in the trendy Mount Adams neighborhood, the park encompasses 186 acres of green space and tree ... Read more » Doug Lemke / Shutterstock

#2 Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum was chartered back in 1845, and today exists as one of the pioneers of landscape design for cemeteries. The grounds are idyllic, with gravestones punctuated ... Read more » David Paul Ohmer / Flickr

#3 Cincinnati Art Museum The Cincinnati Art Museum contains more than 60,000 works from across 6,000 years of history. Masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, Claude Monet and other famed artists adorn the walls ... Read more » Courtesy the Cincinnati Art Museum

#4 Great American Ball Park If the Great American Ball Park seems a pretty lofty title for a stadium, you should know that it is home to the country's oldest professional baseball team — the ... Read more » aceshot1 / Shutterstock

#5 National Underground Railroad Freedom Center This museum, which opened in 2004, sits along the banks of the Ohio River. And it's a very fitting location since thousands of slaves actually crossed the river from ... Read more » Courtesy the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

#6 Cincinnati Music Hall Opened in 1878, the Cincinnati Music Hall is the home to several performing arts groups, including the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra ... Read more » maxhphoto / Shutterstock

#7 Findlay Market The Findlay Market first opened in 1855, but only just recently has it expanded into the vibrant mix of ethnic food stalls and flea market vendors that it is today ... Read more » Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

#9 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Cincinnati is home to the country's second-oldest zoo. It's especially noted for its work with endangered species like black rhinos. The zoo is also known for its innovative ... Read more » Hal Brindley / Shutterstock

#10 MainStrasse Village The German-style MainStrasse Village is on the National Register of Historic Places and makes for a lovely place to stroll. Nearly every month there is a vibrant event to attend ... Read more » Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

#11 Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal — or the Cincy Museum as it's sometimes called — is actually a compilation of museums housed within the art deco-style Union Terminal building ... Read more » wrightbrosfan / Flickr

#12 American Sign Museum The American Sign Museum has an interesting way of tracing America's history — via signage. Here, you'll find everything from a Phillips 66 sign to neon bar signs to ... Read more » Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

#13 Newport Aquarium This sprawling aquarium, near the banks of the Ohio River in Kentucky, contains everything from sharks and jellyfish to frogs and fish. One of the best things about this aquarium ... Read more » Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

Eden Park picture in Cincinnati
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Art Museum picture in Cincinnati
Great American Ball Park picture in Cincinnati
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Music Hall picture in Cincinnati
Findlay Market picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden picture in Cincinnati
MainStrasse Village picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal picture in Cincinnati
American Sign Museum picture in Cincinnati
Newport Aquarium picture in Cincinnati
Eden Park picture in Cincinnati
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Art Museum picture in Cincinnati
Great American Ball Park picture in Cincinnati
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Music Hall picture in Cincinnati
Findlay Market picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden picture in Cincinnati
MainStrasse Village picture in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal picture in Cincinnati
American Sign Museum picture in Cincinnati
Newport Aquarium picture in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Art Museum nestles into the idyllic Eden Park. Doug Lemke / Shutterstock

Cincy's Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum is a tranquil place for a stroll. David Paul Ohmer / Flickr

You can see the 60,000-plus works of art for free at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Courtesy the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Great American Ball Park sits beside the Ohio River and is home to the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. aceshot1 / Shutterstock

This museum tells the history of slavery in America, but also the unfortunate way in which slavery continues to occur today. Courtesy the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

This enormous performing arts center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. maxhphoto / Shutterstock

Findlay Market, located just north of downtown Cincinnati, feels like London's Portobello Market with its pastel-colored storefronts and people-watching material. Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

Outside of catching a ballgame at the Great American Ball Park, the Hall of Fame & Museum is a great way to get a taste of the Reds. Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is home to these ring-tailed lemurs, as well as a number of gorillas, white tigers, manatees and more. Hal Brindley / Shutterstock

This German village, right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, is a good place to stroll on a free afternoon. Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is about eight museums in one, so be sure to block out enough time to see all its offerings. wrightbrosfan / Flickr

The American Sign Museum traces the nation's history, from 1870 to 1970, via signage. Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

The Newport Aquarium contains exhibits like the Frog Bog, in which 20 species of exotic frogs are displayed, as well as Shark Central, where visitors can actually pet small sharks. Courtesy the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

×

See full list of Best Things to Do in Cincinnati »

Explore More of Cincinnati

Find the Best Price

Enter your check in and check out dates to find the best price

PriceFinder powered by TripAdvisor Primary Logo