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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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Emotional experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2015
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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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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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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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Calgary, Canada
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210 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

A visit to this museum is a must. There is a lot of information and content to process, but the exhibits are organized and keep visitors flowing through the space. The staff can help answer questions and recommend further reading related to the museum and history of the area. Take a few moments and appreciate the significance of the building... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This museum had a lot of reading but held the interest of the whole family. The information gave us all a sense of slavery and the effects that it had on the people of the area. An earlier reviewer said that it was a privilege to see this museum and I agree. The people who worked there were helpful and... More 

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Warman, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about this part of American history. The museum is small but that's okay as it's then possible to read everything and look at every exhibit without being overwhelmed. It honestly felt like a privilege to be able to visit this museum. Hats off to the volunteers/docents who work here.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We wanted to learn a lot about those times and the phenomenon... A very instructive and informational place. Not very large but full of information.

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Superior, CO
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our family of four (including young child in a wheelchair) visited this small yet densely-packed museum and can say YES, you must visit here. This would be our #2 or 3 (Old Provost + Exchange being the #1). The museum is teeny-weeny and when we went there were two very helpful, knowledgeable men in the entry, available for questions. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Worth the visit. The first floor was informative even if you have background knowledge. The highlights were the vocal recordings from people who had been enslaved. The second floor needs more development. Why hasn't the city dedicated more resources to telling this part of history? The docents were helpful.

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Halifax, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Was very glad to have gone, and really appreciated the vignettes of reality provided in conversation with Christine. Maybe the Slave Mart could approve tours of sites around Charleston, giving visitors more hands-on, authentic and interactive opportunities. This aspect of Charleston's history cannot be ignored and is why the gorgeous architecture exists. A must visit.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This exhibition is a necessary stop for travelers to Charleston. The exhibit is a permanent display of graphics, text and artifacts that reveal a history hidden from most textbooks. Here you will find voices, from former african american slaves, that describe what the slave trade was like in Charleston, SC. This audio work is also supported by well done graphic... More 

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