National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Center Contacts and Hours

Location and Map:


  • 50 East Freedom Way Cincinnati OH 45202-3913 United States
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  • Language:English


  • 1-513-333-7654



FHC Director:

  • Darrell Burton Wolff - 1 513-271-2453

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:11:00am-4:00pm
  • Wednesday:11:00am-4:00pm
  • Thursday:11:00am-4:00pm
  • Friday:11:00am-4:00pm
  • Saturday:11:00am-4:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

We occasionally close unexpectedly because of inclement weather or illness: Please call for information about unexpected alterations to our normal operation hours:

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

Center Resources


The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is more a museum (few original manuscripts) than an archive. However, it has a family history center, where patrons can view limited-access FamilySearch and Ancestry databases. They tell the history of the guides, safe houses, and transportation network used to smuggle runaway enslaved African Americans out of the slave states to freedom in the North before the American Civil War. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center reveals stories about freedom’s heroes: the men, women and children who challenge inequities to pursue greater freedom for their brothers and sisters.[1]

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Hardware and Equipment

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Resources in the Local Area


Volunteer at the Center


  1. Enabling Freedom in National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (accessed 30 May 2016).