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Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC 29401 (French Quarter)
843-958-6467
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Ranked #44 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
Type: History Museums
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Kernersville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

My family and I first visited this museum at the end of 2012. The exhibits are soundly based in research and give accurate descriptions of the slave trade. I revisited the museum to purchase some Gullah children's books, particularly the Gullah ABC book. Alas, they no longer have those in stock. The staff went out of its way to recommend... More

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My family enjoyed the museum. For our family of 4, it cost us $24. Not sure is my 12 year old was free or if we had to pay for her too. The museum had lots of information. I especially I enjoyed listening to the recordings of people who were interviewed to speak about their experience. I would recommend the... More

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Barrington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Kind of expensive for what you get - a lot of reading, much of which is repetitive. Some good information about the slavery period, but nothing you couldn't find if you did a quick google search. The kids (11 and 14 were bored stiff. We were there for about 30 minutes.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Old Slave Mart is a small venue with lots of information to offer. Be ready to guide yourself through the lower floor which lays down the history of the Slave Mart and provides information on the day-to-day activities of enslaved Africans, traders, buyers and sellers. The facts and narratives are horrific. The upper floor displays a few carefully selected... More

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PALM BEACH GARDENS
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92 reviews 92 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is the original building where slaves were bought and sold, and the posters that adorn the walls tell of this period in our history. There are many who opposed slavery, black and white, and some of their stories are portrayed. It's amazing how few people actually owned slaves, but certainly slavery was a hot button issue in America, for... More

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Philadelphia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Totally worth the trip. The museum is actually on the site of the slave market and gives you the sense of what it must have felt like Exhibits incredible. A must see when visiting SC.

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Palmetto, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My wife and I stopped in during our recent visit. The museum front is small, as is the exhibits, which consist mostly of printed wall displays. I really was looking forward to seeing this exhibit so i was very disappointed. Sorry photography is not allowed so I could not show you what you would be missing. This did not matter... More

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MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We recently watched the movie "Twelve Years a Slave" and it really helped to put this in perspective. Slavery is not a topic people are comfortable with and yet it's an important piece of our history. It's hard to fathom people treating other humans like this. I'd compare the feeling to the Holocaust Museum on a much smaller scale. This... More

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Girard, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Nice Older setting and market lane. However, just a flee market with custom accents. It is said that this is were the slaves sold their wears to make some income. All of this area is very nostalgic.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The place and topic certainly allow for contemplation of the place of Slavery in our American History. While the building itself is an artifact from the Slave trade, there are very few other artifacts to view. The story of slavery is told through a series of story boards many containing personal recollections of slaves or ancestors of slaves. This makes... More

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