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Old Slave Mart Museum

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6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A tour guide recommended we visit and we were glad we did. Small but full of interesting and enlightening info on slave history. Fascinating presentation by a slave descendant.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank johnmK6167GJ
Reviewed 4 days ago

This site will make you think a lot about the experiences of the enslaved Africans whose bodies were traded here (and in other sites in Charleston) before the Civil War. Be prepared for some powerful insights into the terrible conditions the slaves had to endure.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Frank C
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a small but outstanding museum. Worth a visit. Helps one to expand their knowledge of the black enslaved in Europe, the US, Mexico, Brasil, ETC. Presents elements of slave life, process of acquiring and selling slaves, and exposes the harsh cruelties, and abuses,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Y5605BBrichardg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well curated museum. It got me really emotional at some points. It is the same site where people were sold in the 19th century and just standing there and imagining people in these circumstances was an emotional experience. The people working in this museum are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 511hebaa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a show place but a treasure trove of information about pre-civil war life in the South. Some shocking details about the treatment of the 'enslaved people' (the new politically correct term for 'slaves') by their owners. Very educational if you don't mind reading.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank awanie
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is small but a must for everyone. While visiting Charleston, you can get lost in all of the colonial grandeur and forget the price that was paid for all of these wonderful mansions and fabulous plantations. Bring your children to this museum so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jackiea221
Reviewed 1 week ago

....The Old Slave Mart Museum is an important museum to better understand the National slave trade that went on in North America. A very thoughtful museum with enough interactive displays to keep young children engaged. When in Charleston, Chalmers Street and the museum are "must...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank NomadKevin
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm going to agree with the person who said there has to be a better way to showcase these stories. We got a combination ticket for the provost/dungeon so only spent an additional $5 to see this. It was definitely worth $5 but not much...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wish we would have had a longer visit to Charleston for our first time. The amount of history is staggering, and trying to cover as much of it as we could in 2 days was daunting. The Old Slave Mart Museum is an absolute...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank nhpm900
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit text heavy for children yet absolutely crucial to have this museum on your travel list when visiting Charleston. A chilling account and reminder of our immediate past that cannot be forgotten. I hope some resources could be applied in enhancing the exhibition with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Julie B
12 February 2018|
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Response from Linda M | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I don't remember. It was reasonable, perhaps $ 12. Most of the house tours are $12.
17 July 2017|
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Response from hoteikeeper | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The building is one of many used as slave marts.