National Underground Railroad Museum

Visit history at the Bierbower Home, situated in the hillside of our downtown historic district – a safe house where slaves were once hidden beneath the floor boards for safety. Discover the owners of the remarkable home, the Bierbowers. Descendants of German immigrants who left the abolitionist state of Pennsylvania in 1837 to settle in the slave-holding frontier lands of Kentucky. In the busy river town of Maysville, they became successful local entrepreneurs and international history makers. These friends of justice aided the fugitive slaves, who had made the decision to lift the chains of oppression. The Bierbower sons fought in the Union Army as officers and one son led the 124th Colored infantry. The museum also tells the story of the local stations and abolitionists, whose efforts contributed to the abolishment of slavery. You can see exhibits featuring artifacts, memorabilia, and documents that help guide you through Maysville’s role in the abolitionist movement. You can visit the Bierbower room, an African American Religion exhibit, and the Ripley Room.

Contact Information

National Underground Railroad Museum
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38 W 4th St, Maysville, KY 41056

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Closed for the season, will reopen May 2022
  • Accessibility

    Museum is accessible for all. Parking available on site.

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