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Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC 29401 (French Quarter)
843-958-6467
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Ranked #42 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Type: History Museums
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English first
Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

There was a lot of written information about slavery. Nothing that you couldn't discover from a book. The admission was $5.00 for seniors and $7.00 for adults. Probably not worth more than $5.00 period. Very few artifacts. Small museum. Wouldn't recommend.

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Asheville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a gem. Even people with detailed knowledge will be moved and educated. Appropriate for kids 9 and up with a thoughtful adult. Give yourself even an hour here and you'll come away with a much better understanding of the city and this horrible, critical period in American history. The staff is excellent, the exhibits first-rate.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Ryan's Slave Mart was very educational. We learned so much about slavery in America and the poor people who were in salved here. The educational boards are well done and the guide who explained the museum was also very informative. Worth your time.

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Larchmont, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The museum is housed in a very historic building and has a very interesting ownership story. Make sure you ask the curators to tell you. The museum is 2 stories with a permanent exhibit on the ground floor and a traveling exhibit upstairs. The museum is a combination of written material on the walls and personal accounts that play through... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Every African-American must visit this museum! I was angry. I was teary-eyed. I was sad and heartbroken. This is a MUST-SEE. The front desk ladies were very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions.

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Manchester, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We did this as a combo with the provost museum. This was a self guided tour that required lots of reading. The gentleman working did a short speech at the start but that was all the instruction you get about the museum.

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Conway, Arkansas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This self guided tour is very interesting and informative. The staff is great and well informed. I felt like $7 apiece was a little high for admission but its for a good cause.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This museum is important for the ground it actually remains on and the story it tells inside. How the wealth of Charleston was made and how history was formed. It’s worth the time to take this tour.

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Montecito, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The original building which held the slave auction parlor. You can almost feel the historical grief in the air. Nice photo, audio and historical item exhibits. Well worth viewing and learning.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I live in the Charleston area, but did not know about this important museum. The exhibits are well researched and compare in quality to those I have seen at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The staff is well informed and passionate about the subject matter. Well worth the hour or two it takes to absorb all of the information... More

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