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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.

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/.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:17pm

UPDATE: Parking Alternatives Due to Flooding

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:40am

Parking Alternatives Due to Flooding

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

 


 

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 1:03pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Appalled by Offensive Language Reportedly Used by President Trump

As an organization devoted to exploring and understanding the legacy of slavery in order to ensure freedom for all, we at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are appalled by the offensive language reportedly used by the President in reference to Haiti and African nations. This language is unacceptable and the attitude being articulated perpetuates white privilege and superiority – undermining people of color in our global community.

As an organization devoted to freedom, inclusion and unity we denounce racist rhetoric. This is our charge as a museum of conscience, education center and convener of dialogue. The language used by the President, followed by the lament about not attracting more northern European immigrants, is beyond alarming. The leaders at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center call on the public to take a stand and share that this language is not reflective of the attitude of all American people. As our history dramatically demonstrates, the success of our nation is thanks to our diversity and as a result, the American dream cannot and should not be an impossible dream for immigrant communities of color.

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This weekend through Monday, January 15, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will begin honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his many contributions through a series of programs and activities. We encourage you take part in celebrating with us as we’re sure to have something you’ll enjoy.

Gallery Talk: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream will feature a discussion with Pastor K.Z. Smith of Corinthian Baptist Church on Saturday, January 13, at 1:30 p.m. The Gallery Talk Series provides visitors with the opportunity to engage with museum staff and community leaders to discuss social injustice, freedom and equality. The series is included in general admission and open to the public.

The 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast will be Monday, January 15, with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. The breakfast honors the participants of the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program. The King Legacy Youth Program provides leadership opportunities for graduates of the Freedom Center’s Youth Docent Program and scholarship funds upon completion of the program. The keynote speaker is The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director of Education and Outreach, Deondra Kamau Means.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free general admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming for the day. Special programming and initiatives will include the Hoxworth Cincinnati Blood Drive; Bead for Life bracelet sale in conjunction with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Modern Day Slavery initiatives; membership opportunities for the chance to win prizes, and a community concerts throughout the day beginning at 11:00 a.m.

We hope your participation in this annual day of service will inspire you to continue the ongoing fight in fulfilling Dr. King’s dream. #MyNURFC

Will Jones

Public Relation & Social Media Coordinator

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:43am

Special Events Directions for September 15 - September 16, 2017

 

 

With so much going on this weekend with Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run, we want to remind you that we are still open during our regular business hours of 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. See below for directions to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center with Oktoberfest Road Closures and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (513) 333-7500. Please note: street closures/routes are subject to change.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Groups and General Admission

·        Southbound I-75 (from Dayton, Sharonville)

o   Take I-75 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the right side exit, Exit 1F, Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Southbound I-71 (from Columbus, Kenwood, Montgomery)

o   Take I-71 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Once downtown, follow the signs for I-75 N through the Lytle tunnel. As you exit the tunnel, get into the second lane from the left for the I-75 north exit. Once on I-75 north, take the first exit on the right, Exit 1G, Liberty St./Ezzard Charles Drive. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) CARS ONLY, NO BUSES

o   Take the right side exit, Exit 192, 5th Street. Merge on to W 5th Street, continuing for approximately 0.7 miles, turn left on to Greenup Street. After 0.2 miles turn left on to Roebling Way, continuing across the bridge. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and continue on to Walnut St. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and make a left at the traffic light (Joe Nuxhall Way/Main St) and turn left to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located half-way up the block (after the restaurant Holy Grail Tavern)

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) BUSES or cars

o   As you cross the bridge into Ohio, get into the second lane from the left for Exit 1D, US 50 W. River Road. Once on River Road stay left to immediately take the Gest Street exit. At the end of the ramp turn left on to Gest Street. Continue on to Gest Street for approximately 0.4 miles, making a slight right on to Pete Rose Way. Make an immediate left turn on to Mehring Way. Continue on Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 1 mile, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 0.7 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-471 (from Kentucky, Newport, Bellevue)

o   Take I-471 north. Follow the signs for I-75/US 50 west. The exit is on the right. On Route 50 west (Ft. Washington Way) get into the second lane from the left to follow the signs for I-75 north. Once on I-75 north take the first exit on the right, exit 1G, Liberty St./Ezzard Charles Dr. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on I-74 E (from Indianapolis)

o   Follow I-74 east to I-75 south, toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the right side exit, Exit 1F, Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on River Road, Route 50 (from Saylor Park)

o   Take the Freeman Avenue exit. Turn left on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Westbound Columbia Parkway, Route 50 (from Mariemont)

o   Follow US 50 west into downtown. When you get near the stadiums on Ft. Washington Way, get into the second lane from the left for the I-75 north exit. Once on I-75 north, take the first exit on the right, Exit 1G, Liberty St./Ezzard Charles Drive. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        From Downtown

o   Take I-75 north to Ezzard Charles Dr., exit 1G. Access is easy from 4th, 6th or 8th Streets. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

 

·        Southbound I-75 (from Dayton, Sharonville)

o   Take I-75 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the left side exit, Exit 1C, and follow signs for Downtown/Fifth St. Turn right on to Walnut Street

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Southbound I-71 (from Columbus, Kenwood, Montgomery)

o   Take I-71 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Use the 2nd from the right lane to take US-42/S Reading Rd exit. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 2, follow signs for Gilbert Avenue, and merge on to Gilbert Avenue. Gilbert Avenue turns slightly right and becomes E Eighth Street. Turn left on to Sycamore. Turn right on to Third Street, and use the left two lanes to turn left on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) CARS ONLY, NO BUSES

o   Take the right side exit, Exit 192, 5th Street. Merge on to W 5th Street, continuing for approximately 0.7 miles, turn left on to Greenup Street. After 0.2 miles turn left on to Roebling Way, continuing across the bridge. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and continue on to Walnut St. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and make a left at the traffic light (Joe Nuxhall Way/Main St) and turn left to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located half-way up the block (after the restaurant Holy Grail Tavern)

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) BUSES or cars

o   As you cross the bridge into Ohio, use into the second lane from the right for Exit 1C, Fifth Street. Continue on to W Fifth Street, making a right on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-471 (from Kentucky, Newport, Bellevue)

o   Take I-471 north. Take exit 6B for Sixth Street toward downtown. Continue on to Sixth Street. Turn left on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on I-74 E (from Indianapolis)

o   Follow I-74 east to I-75 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the left side exit, Exit 1C, and follow signs for Downtown/Fifth St. Turn right on to Walnut Street

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on River Road, Route 50 (from Saylor Park)

o   Head east on River Road, take the Fifth Street ramp in to downtown, and continue on to Fifth Street. Turn Right on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

 

·        Westbound Columbia Parkway, Route 50 (from Mariemont)

o   Head west on Columbia Parkway, using the middle two lanes to stay on Columbia Parkway. Take the Sixth Street exit on the right, continue on to Sixth Street. Turn left on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        From Downtown

o   Head south on Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

Summer Sundays - Final Weeks

 

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is the perfect destination for families or individuals to go for a day out while exploring The Banks, or after taking in a church service. With only two Sundays left in our seasonal summer hours, we invite you to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to be inspired by stories of courage, cooperation and perseverance.

As our Summer Sundays come to a close guests are encouraged to take part in the special experiences we have to offer - The Rosa Parks Experience and the “Open Your Mind” Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab. The Rosa Parks Experience is an immersive virtual reality experience that commemorates Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks’ historic demonstration in 1955 – only days before the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab is designed to help the public understand and recognize bias and other forms of discrimination.

 

 

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s summer hours continue until Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The museum will also be open to the public on Labor Day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Kelsey Fay

Group Sales Coordinator

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 4:25pm

We cannot and will not be silent or silenced.

We believe in inclusive freedom - all people enjoying rights and privileges of equal number, quality and kind. We stand with the oppressed communities of Charlottesville - and this nation - who are traumatized daily by white supremacy. We cannot and will not be silent or silenced. We condemn racism, hatred, ignorance and violence.

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 1:24pm

Vote For Us As Your Top Ohio Attraction on 10Best.com

 

Hopefully by now you’ve had the opportunity to visit us over the summer to see our powerful exhibitions such as Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu; try the virtual reality simulation, the Rosa Parks Experience and test your biases in our Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab. We are proud to bring these thought-provoking exhibits as we continue to inspire and challenge our guests to take courageous steps of freedom today. That said, we work immensely to bring you these experiences and USA Today’s 10Best.com has taken notice.

Part of the USA Today brand, 10Best gives users original, unbiased and experiential insight on travel and top destinations throughout the country as well as the world. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has been nominated as one of Ohio’s favorite attractions and we’re getting the word out to our supporters everywhere. Log onto the link provided below to cast your vote once a day until Monday, August 28 at noon. The top 10 winning attractions will be announced on Friday, September 1. We thank you in advance for not only allowing us to be a part of your museum experience, but also letting us be an attraction you visit for your 2017 summer season. #MyNURFC

 Link to vote: http://bit.ly/2vmGrr7

 

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