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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
Phone Number: +1 843-958-6467
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I wouldn't have known about this museum if I hadn't completed the free walking tour. Our tour guide recommended it, and I'm glad I had time to stop by at a later date.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A historic building in old Charleston. We did not go inside as there was construction being done to the entrance.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wouldn't have known about this museum if I hadn't completed the free walking tour. Our tour guide recommended it, and I'm glad I had time to stop by at a later date.

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Grapeview, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum has a lot of good educational information on the slave trade in Charleston. It has many storyboards with pictures, along with personal stories from slaves. I was hoping to see more of the historical structure, which is mostly visible on the facade of the building and not much on the interior. Overall a good museum to visit though.

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see for everyone. A significant part of American history told in a way that educates and enlightens. I was particularly moved by the recorded dialogue of an actual slave.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The walls are covered in photos, drawings, and text. There are not many artifacts on display. Just two small rooms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum I would say is a must-see. It's a very real portrayal of what the slave trade was like, as well as what it was like for the actual people, and the people working here are extremely knowledgeable. They even provided us with a reading list to further our knowledge. It only takes about 1-2 hours too, so it's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A self guided tour of the slave history in Charleston. Plan on spending at least forty five minutes at the museum.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 20 minute video put things in perspective, especially the use of non-violent protests and sit-ins, but the wall displays could have been better.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum does a great job of personalizing the reality of slavery. It also compares slavery in urban areas verses plantations. There is a ton of information, and I learned things which I never knew and were enlightening. A definite must for a visit to Charleston.

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't need to spend more than an hour here, but it is worthwhile to learn about Charleston's troubling history in the slave trade.

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