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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-958-6467
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A small museum but tells a powerful story about a painful past that we all need to be reminded and informed of. It was well done and easy to see everything in less than an hour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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240 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a moving, historical museum, set in the actual remaining building of an old slave auction block. We spent a good amount of time on the first floor reading all about the slave mart and slaves in the Charleston area. The area was a little cramped so I wish we had started upstairs and then worked our way down.... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A small museum but tells a powerful story about a painful past that we all need to be reminded and informed of. It was well done and easy to see everything in less than an hour. And it is the original building!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Old Slave Mart Museum was thorough and thought-provoking. This actual location is where slaves were bought and sold and knowing that fact brings the history to life. I didn't grow up in the South so my knowledge of slavery and the slave trade is rather limited but this museum gave me a whole new understanding of every detail of... More 

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Thank Lara L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

#1 reason to visit: this is the actual site where slave auctions were once held. Not a proud part of history, but one we must always remember so that we don't ever repeat those atrocities. This museum is truly amazing because it let's you hear recorded accounts of people who actually lived through being slaves and how difficult that life... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited here on the advice of our tour guide from the day before (it also seemed appropriate since it was MLK Day). We found the history provided to be very interesting and obviously the story of the place to be extremely sad. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to get a better grasp of... More 

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Wales
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very thought provoking museum in the centre of town. Not a large museum but with very well presented displays all well documented. Really illustrates the horror of the slave trade.

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Thank 10scarlet
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311 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is in the place where slaves were auctioned. Whoa. Super moving and meaningful. Apart from that, the exhibits were not great... but PLEASE GO. The exhibits did not have to be great because of the incredible setting. You learn about the slave trade, details you probably did not know, and it is very interesting.

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Thank PismoLulu
Valdosta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was moved to tears knowing that I was standing in a place where my ancestors were sold. I felt the museum did a good job of telling the story of the impact that slavery had, including the wealth that was built on the slave trade. Good job!

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Detroit, Michigan
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love history you have to stop here. The museum is a actual old slave market. The stand in the same build where slaves were sold, is something I will never forget

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United States
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356 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a small museum located in a now residential area of historic downtown Charleston. The most impressive part was the original entrance to the museum. Although some of the interior walls may be original, most are covered by signage and a new second floor has been added. The museum requires extensive reading of said signage with artist depictions and some... More 

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