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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
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+1 843-958-6467
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An Important Piece of History

My spouse and I visited the Old Slave Mart Museum on a Saturday afternoon in mid-November 2016. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Mondays through Saturdays (closed on... read more

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With a limited amount of time in Charleston, I almost did not visit this museum. I ran in after three earlier attractions during the day. It was an hour before closing time and we were tired. It is a small museum, but it did a good job of teaching me about some of the details concerning the slave trade I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a small museum that is set in what once was a slave mart (and thus the name). The walls have information on slavery in this part of the world, and stories narrated by the slaves themselves. It is very hard to get through all the information without your eyes welling up and a lump in your throat.

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Heartbreaking and painfully educational self-guided tour depicting the history of slave trade in North America. A series of posters, pictures, and newspaper clippings chronicle centuries of slavery in the New World. Housed in a former real-life Slave Market, the entire exhibit is a true wake-up call, reminding all of us (whatever our race or ethnicity) of the horrific indignities of... More 

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La Plata, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When some of the exhibits are dedicated to themes like "other black people owned slaves", and "very few whites owned slaves," this "museum" is NOT where you want to get your information. This is an extremely small museum, and it is, frankly, offensive and obscene to dedicate wall space to this kind of garbage.

4 Thank Jennifer D
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really surprised by how much I liked this museum. I didn't have any expectations going in except seeing things like slavery is bad. I was fascinated by the information the museum displays. It shows how slaves reacted to the market, discussed the slave economy, gave a history of the building and slavery in the south. I found it... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So little is mentioned about the horrors of slavery in Charleston or anywhere in the US for that matter that this museum is a "must see". My response to those that wrote negative reviews is there are few records available or housing remaining from the slave era that museums are by default mostly posters and audio recording interspersed with a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My spouse and I visited the Old Slave Mart Museum on a Saturday afternoon in mid-November 2016. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Mondays through Saturdays (closed on Sundays). Allow an hour to for a self-guided tour that explores this museum. Admission costs $7 per adult. The City of Charleston opened the Old Slave Mart... More 

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Avon, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The information here needs to be told. It is a wonderful start to understanding the slave trade. The exhibits are put together well and hold compelling information. However, staff was not receptive to questions. When any were asked was told to go to Netflix and watch a show. This was repeated every time a question was asked. Staff should be... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found the Old Slave Mart Museum to be a very interesting thought provoking place especially visiting it on Dr. Martin Luther ing Jr.'s Birthday. The museum requires a lot of reading and has a small seating area where the visitor may listen to audio three recordings of former slaves - very informative to hear their perspective. The museum is... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Told a story with kindness, empathy and detail. There were photos and first hand recordings . There was also shackles and other items recovered from the time period. It was inexpensive and I could have spent even more time than I did. (90 minutes)

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