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Old Slave Mart Museum

Address: 6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC 29401 (French Quarter)
Phone Number: 843-958-6467
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Ranked #51 of 204 things to do in Charleston
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Conway, South Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Very important if your visiting Charleston on Vacation or coming off one of the cruise ships to visit. Its part of the US history and very educational on the slave market. The cost is very reasonable, $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children and senior adults. I would say it's not recommended for young children due to a lot of reading... More 

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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125 reviews 125 reviews
58 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

If you want to know how Charleston's finest made their great fortunes, check this out and it will give you an interesting insight, as well as another perspective on what it was like to be a slave in old Charleston.

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West Bloomfield, MI
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It is awe inspiring to listen to the voices and stories of actual slaves recorded in the 1930s. People were bought and sold here. I have not felt such horrific chills since visiting Dachau. See real shackles and whips and price lists and receipts.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It's and education and a part of history. Go learn, and never forget! this museum is worth stopping into.

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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99 reviews 99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

The museum is smaller than most but curator was very knowledgeable and spent about 30 minutes answering our questions. We spent over an hour reading all the information, but it was emotionally draining. I would highly recommend this museum, it is an important part of history. There are two stories and restrooms.

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MA
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

As others have said this is a small museum. Does not have the fancies that other larger museums have, but what is lacks in size, it whollops you with written placards of information about a sad period in the history of the USA. It is what is it. No getting a way from it.

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Nashville, TN
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This educational and sobering museum was good, but so much smaller than we expected it to be based on reviews. Most of it was reading posters on the wall, although the shackles as well as being in the very room that slaves were bought and sold there really made you think. The price was very reasonable, and the educational value... More 

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Delaware
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This museum is small, but it's effective at conveying the horrific portion of our history that was slavery. My family and I spent about 30-40 mins walking around and reading the info. The museum had two floors. There were restrooms available, too. Check it out... this is a story that needs to be known by ALL people.

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is not a big museum, but it's an emotional experience. There are a lot of written displays, and it was fascinating reading. The shackles were moving and really brought home the depravity of slavery. The staff is informative and helpful. They are closed on Sundays. Modest entry fee of $5 for seniors.

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Dublin, Ireland
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136 reviews 136 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This had been pointed out on my walking tour. I was glad to return. the curator was extremely helpful and it was very interesting. Considering the part that the slave trade played in Charleston's history, this museum is very modest. I particularly appreciated that the curator got an article for me on Iriish slaves, which I had now known about.... More 

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