Antigo Mercado de Escravos
Antigo Mercado de Escravos
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Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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  • brad_ashmore
    Mississauga, Canada12 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Next Item on the list….The Beach
    Washrooms not working. The core learning delivery mechanism was via…an iPad. I can learn via an iPad from Toronto I don’t need to go to a museum in Lagos for that. I agree with the other reviews that this was a clean whitewashing of the slave trade. Visitors should come away from a museum like this absolutely horrified…we just went off to the beach and had a great time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Jeanne W
    Vevey, Switzerland37 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a good experience.
    The staff member monitoring and ‘welcoming’ tourists from around the world is terrible, rude! We witnessed her behavior with visitors before and after us. The museum itself, could offer so much more! Second floor they provide an iPad which gives VERY LITTLE added information AND it doesn’t off any alternative language except for English. It’s an iPad!!! Tourists from around the world! Shame.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Kncl
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom52 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little info, OTT staff
    Scant information, pointless iPad, mean about toilet usage. The information about the slave trade is very limited. Set over two floors, this museum could make much more its available space but instead provides scant information laid out in a difficult to navigate manner. The staff act like they’re guarding a palace and are reluctant to allow paying ticket holders to use the toilet.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2024
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3.0
3.0 of 5 bubbles273 reviews
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Simon
Montreal, Canada69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This museum is a must see for anybody with a serious interest in history, and a desire to learn more about a tragic but important part of the human condition. The first slave market for the western world started in Lagos, and this history had a profound effect on the development, cultural and economic, of the world we know today.

The museum is housed in a small two story building, and opened about 4 years ago. The topic was/is a hard one to breach, but there is no denying how important it is/was and how we must face these issues in order to learn more about the world as we know it.

The design of the museum is subtle, but very effective. Black plexi towers crowd the small spaces, and are meant to reference the facelessness of the slave. Each tower, however, comes to life through a multi media display, an artifact or text. It is as if the faceless takes on an identity, as each installation adds to our insight and perspective on the issue. I found myself much more involved with each tower, than I normally am with display cases and objects. The hard story that must be heard, comes through with a depth of understanding and reflection. We were quite moved by the experience, and we spoke with the museum staff after the tour. They are very devoted to their mission, and realize it is a ‘tough sell’, but the story must be told.

There is a small booklet, well designed, available for 5 Euros, which is a good take home to fill in some of the gaps. The museum design deserves an extra thought, it is clever, effective and very considerate of its mission. Kudos to the designer, the architect and the city management for getting behind this important institution.
Written February 28, 2020
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Kncl
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Scant information, pointless iPad, mean about toilet usage.

The information about the slave trade is very limited. Set over two floors, this museum could make much more its available space but instead provides scant information laid out in a difficult to navigate manner.

The staff act like they’re guarding a palace and are reluctant to allow paying ticket holders to use the toilet.
Written February 24, 2024
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Alexandre C
Lisbon, Portugal801 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
My friend and I had some time to kill before we had to catch our train back to Lisbon.

After wandering around the city, we noticed this museum and quickly agreed to pay a visit. The entrance on this day was free, so we enjoyed it a bit more!

It is absolutely crucial that this museum is visited as it does explain the role Portugal, and more precisely the city of Lagos, played during the age of the slave trade.

I highly recommend its visit!!
Written February 4, 2021
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Menaka D
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Very disheartening...I don't even know where to begin. Lagos, Portugal was ground zero for the Atlantic slave trade that was responsible for stealing, torturing, and killing millions of people from Africa over centuries. However, you will not find any such facts or truth about what really happened to these souls at this museum and not much information about the mass graves they found of shackled men, women, and children about 500 feet from the museum. The display for the coins found at the mass burial site had more information and was placed better (in the front, higher up) than the one photograph of a part of the haphazard grave. The content instead focused on the "glory" of the Portuguese colonizers and their trade routes with misinformation about their part in the slave trade. There was one display of a shackle used to restrain the slaves, simply with the description "Shackles - two rings linked by chain" and no mention of what it was used for. The museum completely missed the mark and was outright infuriating to say the least! We also experienced micro and macro aggressions from one of the staff members who was not happy that we were having a conversation about the incorrect and missing information displayed with another couple who was also visiting. The staff member was very rude, asked us to be quiet (we were speaking quietly), and later acted as if she was doing us a favor by "allowing" us to use the bathroom. She literally asked my partner to ask her for the key in a demeaning tone. People should visit the museum to see how the creators try to cover up history and the truth instead of showing compassion and taking responsibility for their part in this very dark period of history.
Written July 4, 2023
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Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
Las Rozas, Spain601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Lagos was a center for the collection and export of slaves to the Portuguese colonies of America
It was a city that grew up with this trade and this old building is where transactions, business, sales and purchases were made.
The building has a decadent colonial look, like many historical buildings in Portugal it suffers from good preservation and maintenance.
However, today it is an excellent museum that talks about the Portuguese colonies, about colonization trips with some good interactive panels
It also has a good collection of jewelry, furniture and other objects from its distant colonies.
And he explains how the slave trade was carried out, his visit is very instructive
Written January 10, 2022
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brad_ashmore
Mississauga, Canada12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Washrooms not working. The core learning delivery mechanism was via…an iPad. I can learn via an iPad from Toronto I don’t need to go to a museum in Lagos for that. I agree with the other reviews that this was a clean whitewashing of the slave trade. Visitors should come away from a museum like this absolutely horrified…we just went off to the beach and had a great time.
Written September 25, 2023
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Kilkenny tours
Kilkenny, Ireland9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Thought provoking museum . As far as keeping an open historical factual story with out any deep details . The exhibits are good. The building although stark white still pocesses a feeling or presence from the past. Would have thought there may have been more detail about the actual building and how people were enslaved. Would highly recommend this museum. The town itself is stunning and the Museum is a must see however very sad its content is
Written July 29, 2022
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April M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Deeply disappointed in this museum, considering the subject matter. Very little information about the conditions they endured or any real remorse for the role that they played in the slave market. The majority of the museum talks about their excellent trade with Africa while completely glossing over what they were actually trading.
Written October 16, 2022
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Nic R
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Looked at a lot of different info regarding this place. Packed my rented car with the kids and drived from Sagres to Lagos to go to this museum. When we got there it had a note on the gate: Closed and no info regarding when the museum will open again in the future. A lot of people went there and hade to turn at the gate!
No info any wear that the museum is closed for long time forward with no date for opening again! So dubbel check before you go! It did not say if it will open during this summer, this year or next yer or ever?
Written July 4, 2022
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Jeanne W
Vevey, Switzerland37 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The staff member monitoring and ‘welcoming’ tourists from around the world is terrible, rude! We witnessed her behavior with visitors before and after us. The museum itself, could offer so much more! Second floor they provide an iPad which gives VERY LITTLE added information AND it doesn’t off any alternative language except for English. It’s an iPad!!! Tourists from around the world! Shame.
Written October 22, 2023
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