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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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Nice little museum

This is a nice little museum. It's a lot of reading and I would prefer more spoken word displays. it's a two story small museum with a few books for sale. Definitely worth a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Boston
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This small museum is on the neat cobblestone Chalmers Street. The museum is self guided, however, the person at the register was very knowledgeable and answered some questions for us before we left. Most of your time in this museum will be spent reading panels of information. We would have liked more audio and some video to break up all... More 

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Danbury, CT
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's not very expensive or very big but it's pretty interesting and shows another side of living in the south before the Civil War.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a well done museum telling the story of slaves being sold, of breaking up their families, of the harsh treatment these people had to endure, and of the indecencies bestowed upon them. How inhumane! There were two people on staff that answered questions and could embellish upon the history. Quite humbling.

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Dundas, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The museum itself is awesome, but what really made it an AMAZING EXPERIENCE was Christine at the front desk. She told a story while we waited for the people ahead of us to get started. Her delivery of the story moved us to tears. At the end of the tour we went back and Christine guided my cousin in what... More 

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santa cruz, ca
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a nice little museum. It's a lot of reading and I would prefer more spoken word displays. it's a two story small museum with a few books for sale. Definitely worth a look.

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Little Falls, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a rare gem in the museum world, or maybe it is the beginning, of telling history with facts and truth, no matter how difficult it is to hear. Spend an hour and learn about the horrific world for African Americans prior to the Civil War. It is NOT the history that you learned in the 4th grade. It... More 

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Middle of America
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

TINY museum... just a few hundred square feet that is self-guided by reading wall signs and posters. Interesting relics of a tragic bygone era. Eclectic assortment of slave-related books available for purchase.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

When we were strolling along the battery, we read a plaque about Charleston's economic's rise in the 1700s and 1800s; there was no mention of slavery and Charleston's role in it. So the Old Slave Mart Museum fills an important void in educating the public about the extent and practice of slavery in Charleston and the U.S. The museum is... More 

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san francisco, ca.
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Visting the South, should include this memorial site of the worse atrocity American founders subjected human beings to. The site of the former slave market is self guided, but well documented, with a number of artifacts that breaks one's heart. Testimonies can be heard via audio recordings of former slaves. Charleston functioned as a hub for slave trading, sales and... More 

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Conway, South Carolina
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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