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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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This museum uses a variety of modalities to present information on slavery. It is not an easy topic, but this museum presents it with taste and is a learning experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Carmichael, California
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Columbia, MD
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148 reviews 148 reviews
68 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This small museum tells the true story of Charleston in a way that leaves you very affected by it. It's the story behind everything else in this city and the south in general. Although familiar with the history of slavery and the stories of the dread of being sold down south, we didn't realize the enormous numbers and how this... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Wow simply wow. So much history and much to learn. Eye opening history on the slave trade. Educational from all ages. Easy to maneuver thru and friendly staff that will answer any questions.

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Los Gatos, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The presentations and photos here are very moving and educational. I thought this was one of the highlights of our visit to Charleston. Such an important subject in our history. It's a lot to take in, but don't miss the upstairs exhibits while you're there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I've been travelling the US for a while now, and my experience with museums that deal with African American history prior to this has been quite frankly disappointing. But this was the exception, and I was very glad I decided to give it a try. It's small and there aren't many artefacts, but the way the information was presented was... More 

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Carmichael, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This museum uses a variety of modalities to present information on slavery. It is not an easy topic, but this museum presents it with taste and is a learning experience.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A terrific museum showing a bit of the history of the 2nd largest port in America after NY... at the time before the civil war. Could have been scarier with more graphic photos but I appreciated the ones they had on display. I was with my 13 year old and she saw more than enough to understand the institution of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were visiting Charleston from the UK and were very interested to learn it's history. After going to Drayton Hall, we wanted to learn more about the Slavery era. We got a combined ticket to this attraction and the Custom House for $30 for the two of us - great value. This is an absolute must see exhibition. My knowledge... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We stopped by not knowing much about the museum and found a gem of history. The assistant curator was a wealth of information about the pre-civil war slave trade. There's information well beyond what you learn in history books. Without a doubt worth the time and money!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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65 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A visit to the Old Slave Mart is undeniably moving, but its power is diminished by the cramped confines of its main downstairs exhibit space. Text-heavy placards further limit the display area, and the crush of non-stop visitors makes for a less-than-personal experience. Soundscapes do offer an affective (and affecting) aural montage of the horrible business of human trafficking, and... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

It doesnt have many artifacts, but this place WILL move you. The history, the way it is presented, the way the stories are told really hits home, it touches the heart. My cchildren, ages 9 & 11 were also moved by it. It made them uncomfortable with the brutality and injustice and the heartbreak. I am not a parent that... More 

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