Old Slave Mart Museum
Old Slave Mart Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Ann L
    13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The words get in the way
    The slave market museum was on our list of "must sees" in Charleston. However my friend and I both found the experience underwhelming. The exhibits are text heavy - and mostly text - basically, you read your way through a relatively small space. Because so much of that space is filled with panels (and words) the place no longer speaks for itself.
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 4, 2023
  • 924lesaw
    Texas84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sobering.
    This was a sobering visit. We learned so much. The museum manager was so very nice. We got there just 40 minutes before closing and he let us come in for half the price. He was so knowledgeable also. He even got a chair for my husband. It is a small museum but packs punch. Totally worth seeing. Though provoking . Many little know facts revealed.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 11, 2023
  • pmcasillas
    North Carolina2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    This was one of the best things I did in Charleston. Fortunately, I was there when Christine King was there. She is an amazing historian story teller. We were riveted for 2 hours. We left.... and came back (after we realized how amazing she was) after lunch. We spoke to her, again, for about 1/2 an hour. We exchanged emails. What an amazing plethora of knowledge she has! It opened my eyes to so much!! Thank you Christine! PLEASE put her knowledge on video.... they can have it on a loop and her knowledge wouldn't be lost!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom1,350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everyone of British and American descent should go here to learn and own our history
    A lot of information to absorb but well worth a visit. I have an interest in social history so this was a must on our visit to Charleston. The slave trade is a subject that none of us should shy away from. For me it ranks amongst the top three abominations of living history and to know that the British were at the centre of it is something us Brits need to own. It is really hard to understand the thinking at the time and how they justified their behaviour. This museum definitely shows it for what it was and delivers the facts and for that I am grateful
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Farfromhomes
    Clarksville, Maryland32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative, educational site that provides visitors a better understanding of Charleston in the 19th century
    We visited this site because this was one spot we had not seen after many trips to Charleston. The museum is housed in a building that used to sell slaves in the 19th century. The ground floor provides a local perspective of the slave trade and slavery in Charleston and surrounding area. The upper level provides information about slavery from the international and national perspective. The museum had artifacts and informational panels. Visiting this museum gave us a better understanding of how the slave trade worked in the 19th century and the horrors of this institution.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small, but Informative
    A quick museum (30-45 minutes). This was an active site for the slave trade during the last few years of the domestic slave trade in America. However, the museum does provide some good information and we learned some facts previously unknown. I’m not sure that this is a “must visit” in Charleston, but at $5/person (for teachers), it’s worth going.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • ZiggyPG
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small museum bursting with information.
    I think this small museum is bursting with information. Yes, you need to read through the exhibits as others have said but the information is well presented and covers a range of topics such as how the domestic slave market flourished after the transatlantic market was outlawed. The docents on site had a fabulous knowledge of the slave markets and history in general. We had some interesting conversations. It’s more than worth the price of admission.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Cheri D
    Yardville, New Jersey464 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit stop while in Charleston
    This is a very sad part of Charleston's history, as well as that of the US. A majority of the slaves passed through this market. There's so much history here and so much to learn. This is a must visit when you are visiting Charleston and a reasonable entrance fee.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Lisa V
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Importatn musuem
    Difficult and important museum. Although small, best to takae your time and think your way thru. I would read book for articles about what the actual day slaves were sold prior to going to give perspective.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
  • MadamDefargeGW
    Silver Spring, Maryland73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Small Museum with Huge Emotional Inpact
    If this museum does not make you cry, nothing will. It had a higher emotional impact of both myself and my husband than any other we've ever seen. If you want to understand what slavery did to our country, you can't afford to miss this museum
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
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socalukgirl
Diamond Bar, CA217 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I think for a museum such as this the price should be nominal. There isn't a lot to see. I did find what they had interesting, mostly that we were on actual grounds of the Slave Mart. It is hard to imagine what the people went through. I visited this first before seeing a plantation, so I am thankful that it gave me a base to build my knowledge of slavery on.
Written April 7, 2024
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IllinoisMrsZ
Illinois308 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Of the 4 of us 60 year olds, the consensus was "not what I expected" . I am a museum nerd and I wasn't that impressed. Seemed like slavery info that I already knew, Would have liked to see more artifacts or personal family stories versus so much reading about slavery in general. Did learn some new info about Charleston's own slavery history.
Written March 27, 2024
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sandyk8102018
Springfield, VA90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very educational and informative museum. Small but impactful. I am one to pore over every sign and explanation. But still with taking my time, it only required probably one hour, maybe a little more if you want to look at the books at the front to purchase, which I did not.
Written March 18, 2024
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Helen D
Kingston, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Although a small museum, it is packed with well-researched information about the slave trade in Charleston. We only had 40 minutes before close so didn’t get as much time upstairs to learn more about the trans-Atlantic slave trade as we would’ve liked. Given how much of Charleston was built on the forced labour of enslaved Africans and Africans-Americans, I’d say this is a must see to provide context, understanding, and a reckoning with the past for the whole city.
Written March 5, 2024
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David L
Silver Spring, MD408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you haven't been to the Smithsonian's National Museum on African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, come here for a condensed history of slavery: why it started, how it operated, where in Africa the enslaved people came from, and most importantly, how it impacted them and how they survived it. It's small (2 rooms) but the posters and other exhibits are effective. It has a few books on slavery and Reconstruction for sale. We found street parking and there are parking garages nearby.
Written February 12, 2024
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MadamDefargeGW
Silver Spring, MD73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
If this museum does not make you cry, nothing will. It had a higher emotional impact of both myself and my husband than any other we've ever seen.
If you want to understand what slavery did to our country, you can't afford to miss this museum
Written January 14, 2024
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Felicia B
Morrisville, NC243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
During our visit we had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Ms. Christine, we greatly appreciated her presentation. The museum is within walking distance of the Charleston Street Market (parking garages are provided within walking distance).
Written January 6, 2024
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Lisa V
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Difficult and important museum. Although small, best to takae your time and think your way thru. I would read book for articles about what the actual day slaves were sold prior to going to give perspective.
Written December 28, 2023
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Carol M
Kingston, Canada41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Small, fascinating, heartbreaking museum on the actual site of a former slave mart. Definitely worth visiting, takes about an hour.
Written December 18, 2023
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Richard C
Virginia790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The history of this country is often the opposite of the lyrics of "America the Beautiful": it's filled with capitalism run amok including the long history of chattel slavery. The Old Slave Mart Museum documents that period, leaving the viewer to consider the long shadow it throws on the country. There are many placards to educate visitors of the negation of humanity as well as documents and other relics of the period. In many ways, this is hallowed ground, proof that the future of this country can change if we confront our history.
Written December 9, 2023
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