The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center & Cincinnati Museum Center
About the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Opened in 2004, in Cincinnati, Ohio, our purpose is to tell the story of the struggle for freedom in the United States and around the world through exhibits and programming that focus on efforts to abolish slavery in all its forms to make liberty and justice a reality for all people.
The Freedom Center serves to inspire modern abolition by connecting the lessons of the Underground Railroad with today’s freedom fighters. It also serves as a forum for convening dialogues and community conversations that help to advance the cause of freedom, equality, civil and human rights.
Freedom Center programs educate students and the general public on the enduring legacy of the Underground Railroad. Exhibits explore the historical and contemporary lessons of overcoming enslavement and oppression, confronting “unfreedoms”: racism, illiteracy, genocide, hunger and tyranny, as well as the importance of multicultural cooperation required to achieve inclusive freedom. Included in these programs are five grade-level specific school tours that align with state and national standards. Our programs extend the opportunity for continued learning and deeper understanding through pre- and post-visit lesson plans, digital learning, family programs, community dialogues, and teacher institutes.
Serving nearly 120,000 visitors annually, the Freedom Center is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, a Site of Conscious and has just recently been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), joining the ranks of the 4.5% of the 17,500 accredited museums in the country.
About the Cincinnati Museum Center: Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark. Museum Center's major offerings at Union Terminal include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. Museum Center is the largest cultural institution in the city of Cincinnati, with more than 1.4 million visitors per year. Our permanent and temporary exhibits are supported and complemented by a state-of-the-art collections and research facility, the Geier Collections & Research Center, educational programs, professional development programs for teachers, day and overnight camps, public lectures and programs, tours of historic sites and community-wide cultural events. Museum Center’s collection encompass more than 1.8 million artifacts, art works and archives and is incorporated into our exhibition, research and education programs.
In 2009, Cincinnati Museum Center received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries. The award, given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, recognizes institutions for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions to their communities. In 2012, Cincinnati Museum Center achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies and to the museum-going public.