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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 #40 of 96 Attractions 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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Anderson, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

The two guys at the front desk are full of information! Ask questions, they really know their stuff. The exhibit here was well thought out, and tells a really powerful story. They also have live recordings of former slaves talking about their own experiences in the building, which was really powerful to listen to the people talk about how their... More 

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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Years ago the Old Slave Market had shops with old stuff, sort of a flea market. These days the things sold there are quite ordinary. You can get them in any other store. Not my thing.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Its a very small museum. They cram a lot of information on the first floor, and the second floor is wide open. You do learn a lot about the Slave industry that exited in Charleston at the time. Very good for History Buffs

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Columbus, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We got lucky and had the advantage of a docent who worked overtime to serve a walk-in basketball team. Otherwise it is a self-gided tour with various displays. The most startling historical illustration was the burning of slaves at the stake in the 1700's in New York. Otherwise the exhibits were far less graphic than the movie "12 Years a... More 

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toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I had this down as the museum I most wanted to visit during a quick few hours in Charleston. It was very informative, and the recordings of previous slaves from the 1930's was moving. The exhibit requires much reading from posters/walls and perhaps gets a little tiring if you want to read it all. But it is worthwhile. We did... More 

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florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A few exhibits featured the spoken words of former slaves that were very sobering. Both my girlfriend and I found it impossible not to reflect on the horrors suffered by the people that were bound in the leg irons and struck by the whips that were on display. This is an exhibit will stay with you long after you've left.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

For being a town that dealt with 40% of all slave trade in this countries dark history, you'd think they would have preserved and dedicated a little more of it's once six block area.

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Newton Falls, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I taught VA history for 21 yrs so I'm pretty informative on the slavery issue in VA. The slavery issue in SC was very different being that rice was harvested and not cotton. If you know nothing about slavery or quite a bit about slavery, do not miss this museum.

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Saginaw, Michigan, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The museum on the first floor was very cramped and uncomfortable. The ceiling is low and there were quite a few people in there. The displays are close together. The temperature in there was unbearably hot. We finally left because of the heat (and we were there on a cold day). The information that was presented certainly was interesting but... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The location, history and story should have made the visit worthwhile. However, having to listen to the woman in charge loudly discussing with another visitor about present day discriminaton made us uncomfortable and we left without finishing our tour.

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