Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

The life, impact and achievements of Harriet Tubman, the well-known African American humanitarian and abolitionist, is commemorated in the newly built Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, in America.

Harriet Tubman is an icon of American history.  To help visitors appreciate her many accomplishments hsd created an emotive experience in collaboration with the National Park Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Tourism, GWWO Inc. Architects, and the local community. The visitor centre is located on a 17-acre plot and is surrounded by Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

There are very few structures remaining from Tubman’s time in Maryland therefore the landscape, which has only changed little, is a vital interpretive tool. Tubman knew the natural environment of the Eastern Shore intimately and used her knowledge of the landscape to lead approximately 70 people out of slavery. These achievements are creatively interpreted within the visitor centre through a modern reconstructive approach and sensitive AV installations.


  • Interpretative coordination
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Exhibition design
  • Visual communication and artwork
  • Project management
  • Fabrication review


  • Maryland, U.S.A

This woman of action and success is an inspiring role model for visitors. In response, our design team has developed a universally accessible and relevant exhibition in which Tubman’s community can take pride.

Dave Maddocks, Senior Project Designer