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“Should not have 'international' in the name”

International Slavery Museum
Ranked #23 of 211 things to do in Liverpool
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: At International Slavery Museum you'll find out about the millions of people, both in the past and today, who have been taken into slavery, in particular those who were part of the transatlantic slave trade between about 1500 and 1865. Liverpool was a major slaving port so it is fitting that the museum is in Liverpool. The museum is on the third floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum building. Entry is free.
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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Should not have 'international' in the name”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

There is a huge lack of diversity in this museum.It should be renamed, something like Museum of Slavery through Africa, Europe and Nth America. Very little, if any..only tiny bit I could find- on the British slave trade through the Caribbean and absolutely zilch about British shipment of slaves to Australia, especially Tasmania and the impact on the indigenous people of Australasia. Yet again, no reparation for the damage of colonisation.
All the information exhibited is available online. It is good that there's free entry. But really, don't bother.

Visited April 2013
7 Thank GailP240
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London, United Kingdom
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“Noisy,confusing and lecturing”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

With so many exhibits illustrated with loud sound I found this exhibit confusing. A lot about the conditions of slaves and little about the reasons slavery was important to the economies of the Southeren States of America. This museum is dumbed down for school children and those who revisit the indignation of the horrors of slavery. I saw little making the point that even today slavery continues.

Visited March 2013
Thank johnmarvelly
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“our history”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Liverpool prospered greatly from cotton' sugar and also slavery. This museum tells that story particularly well.

Thank stephen b
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Southport, England, United Kingdom
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“Every responsible citizen should contemplate this”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

This set of displays is housed within the Maritime Museum. In that museum you can also walk through the hold of a ship used by Irish emigrants. The story of the Irish emigrants is bad enough but, when you see the newer exhibition about the African slaves, the difference is really scary.
You walk through the interior of a slave ship. You contemplate the Africa that the slaves left behind. You read the stories of individual slaves.
I think it would be a pity to take children when they are too young. If you are old enough to try to imagine what it was like, the experience stays with you.
There is a small mention of how that particular slave trade ended. Try also to see two very different films about how people managed to legislate against slavery: Amazing Grace (about UK legislation) and Lincoln (about the American Civil War).
When we went there was also a video about slavery in modern-day Uzbekistan - just in case we were tempted to imagine that slavery is a thing of the past. I do hope that video becomes a permanent part of this very good and deeply sobering exhibition.

Visited June 2012
5 Thank Isobel D
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Powerful, well laid out, beautifully curated exhibition, a MUST for all. Shows how much of the UK was built on the back of slavery, especially Liverpool, whose slaving history is everywhere in the city.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank kattak77
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