Every visit should begin at the visitor center. Talk to a ranger or volunteer at the information desk to get brochures, pick up tickets for a guided tour of the historic house, and find out what's happening in the park.
The 17-minute film "Frederick Douglass: Fighter for Freedom" plays in the auditorium and tells the inspirational story of Frederick Douglass's life. Exhibits feature significant objects from the collection, a life-size statue of Frederick Douglass, and quotes from his writings.
The bookstore, restrooms, and a water fountain are located in the visitor center.