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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Neighborhood: French Quarter
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Address: 6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-958-6467
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Could be better but something to see.

There is not a docent here but there should be. It would be more touching if there was a docent or docents explaining things instead of boards on a wall. It is too cold. This... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Vanessa W
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Cary, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
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66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

There is not a docent here but there should be. It would be more touching if there was a docent or docents explaining things instead of boards on a wall. It is too cold. This needs to be changed to be a place that gets to you as it should. worth seeing. Looking at it from the outside gives you... More 

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I didn't know what to expect from this museum. Well let me tell you it was very educational. I was a little disappoint in that you could not take pictures. But I think if you are not a history buff you would not understand. This is a place where they sold slaves from. Remember slaves were people too. Also actual... More 

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Statesville, North Carolina
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This museum was very educational about the plight of the enslaved person in the south.. At the beginning was a recording of the recollections of a former slave. It also tools the story of the slave market. The only downside is no photos were allowed.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I was expecting to see artifacts related to the slave trade, and perhaps a restored/preserved space with deep ties to the history of slavery - I was extremely disappointed. Though slaves were sold in this structure for seven years, all of the original architecture has been covered up with modern placards. None of the space has been restored to look... More 

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Marbella, Spain
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I can understand that some reviewers use the words disappointment, I am very glad to have visit it, but als very surprised, not only in this museum, how little there is from a period of 250 years of brutal slavery, outlawed in Europe in the year 1000 ac, but without any problem excecuted by ancestors from Europe up to 1865,... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

As one who has studied African American history at the PhD level, the slave Mart Museum does a good job in telling the story of the enslaved through storyboards. I was slightly disappointed that storyboards seem to be the primary means of conveying information. Very little seems to be done with the actual location other than telling individuals that this... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Our tour guide recommended this museum to us and said it was one of the best in the States but we were slightly disappointed. The first floor is good and offers great understanding of everyone involved in slave trade. The second floor was not as good, just posters to read and didn't impress us. The museum has a lot of... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We have visited this place a few times, with first our kids, then grandkids years later. It allows for a discussion of slavery, and the lessons learned from our past. Creepy to think of the suffering that took place here in years past.

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Lorain, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The information is good and truthful. It's just a lot of reading. I was disappointed in the presentation it to be honest.

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Florida
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Lots of information in a historic location but not many artifacts and building was made to look like a museum, not restored. More like reading from a textbook then experiencing anything. Overpriced for how long it takes.

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Additional Information about Old Slave Mart Museum

Address: 6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-958-6467
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > French Quarter
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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