Old Slave Mart Museum

Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston: Hours, Address, Old Slave Mart Museum Reviews: 4/5

Old Slave Mart Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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Jenz88
Chicago, IL48 contributions
Great staff and information. The employee that tenders your tickets will tell you a bit about the location/museum before you begin which was really important to the experience. Extremely moving and educational. It cost $13 for two people (regular and a senior) which is very reasonable, the museum is quite small. Thank you for the work on this exhibit.
Written April 14, 2021
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psgriffi
Grand Rapids, MI148 contributions
Family
This museum helped me understand the difference between the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the domestic trade. I’d never before understood that there was a difference. It was also fascinating how they translated the price of a slave into today’s dollars.
Written January 2, 2022
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KendallOsborne
Norfolk, VA45 contributions
I am giving this 5 stars because of the story and everyone should see this story. The displays themselves do not merit 5 stars. The museum itself is lacking in artifacts and exhibit quality, but everyone needs to see the story it has to tell. Everyone should stand in a room where other humans were actually sold. It is an actual slave auction site.
Written December 4, 2021
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Silver996c
Moraga, CA165 contributions
I was impressed with the information they chose to include in this small museum. In about an hour you can gain insight into fundamental facts related to the African slave trade generally, and the U.S. South specifically. The museum designers made really good choices on what to include and how to describe it.
Written June 28, 2022
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TheProdigitalSon
London126 contributions
This small 'museum' has information about the slave trade of Africans to the Americas through history.
While the displays were interesting, the man on the front desk can be heard throughout the building (as his voice is rather booming) and it made it quite difficult to concentrate on what I was reading. (I would suggest either a change of staff or some way of partitioning the reception area so his voice does not travel through to the exhibits)
Although I can understand that he says the same thing to arrivals probably 15-20 times an hour, his tone was a little condescending (and it took him at least 10 seconds to make eye contact after he'd started talking which I thought rather rude)
The ground floor is very cramped.
Information, curiously, is in English only on the first floor but English and Spanish on the second floor. (What's the point of that?)
Written October 10, 2021
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Itsadadslife
Charleston, SC128 contributions
Couples
The way it was explained to us by the worker there was that really the only thing of historical significance about the site itself were the two walls on either side of the building, as there was nothing else there at the time the tragic selling of slaves was occurring. The presentation inside the museum was jumbled and a bit hard to follow. Some types of Multimedia presentation are needed to help people actually learn what happened here in a more meaningful way. Children or young teens would be lost and find it very difficult to learn anything here because of the lackluster presentation.

This is one of the most important of eras in our history, and a site which calls itself a slave museum needs to relay these events in a manner which captures the attention and interest of those who come to visit. If I want to just read about it I can google it and then visit the site from the outside.
Written October 21, 2020
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Alitraveli
Seattle, WA19 contributions
Charleston reminds me of the book "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. It is a beautiful and magical place that seems to have been created by selling its soul. The Old Slave Mart Museum does a good job of educating visitors about how Charleston did that. I appreciated the informative exhibits, photos, and artifacts on display. There is a small, but strong selection of books for sale, as well as a suggested reading list. The staff person who checked me in was extremely knowledgeable and answered my questions about the current racial inequities in the city. This museum could exist anywhere in the city, but its setting in one of the many places in the area where people were sold makes its impact even stronger. After visiting this museum, I suggest going for a walk on the promenade in Battery Park to process your thoughts and contributing to the current fight for racial justice.
Written August 1, 2020
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Abylover2
Saint Louis, MO129 contributions
While the intentions are good here, there is not much to see. The inside is small, and gives no flavor of being an old slave mart. All the information is imparted on large posters, and is quite repetitious. There is no audio accompaniment, or otherwise interactive component to the experience.
Written May 12, 2022
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sarahtham
Lawrence, KS602 contributions
Family
2 storey exhibit. Upstairs exhibit has Spanish translations . Downstairs, no. This museum relies heavily on the assumption that you read. All exhibits are in text with occasional realia. Images are available but dont mean much without text. The museum is small so can get tricky trying to read exhibits avoiding blocking other visitors or them, you. Still pretty informative. Discounts for students and teachers.
Written January 27, 2021
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Louvrelover
Weymouth, MA201 contributions
The Old Slave Mart was an indoor slave market before the Civil War, when slave markets were no longer allowed outside. The exhibits are moving and harrowing. No frills, videos, etc. just explanations of the process and artifacts from the time.
Written March 31, 2022
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