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International Slavery Museum
Ranked #38 of 221 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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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Very educational, lots of activities for kids to do like quizzes and interactive stuff. It's not for the faint hearted as some of it is quite shocking and upsetting. It really opens your eyes.

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

It was a very moving experience to discover what those poor people had been subjected to. There were some very beautiful and very interesting artefacts. There were posters on display advertising forthcoming auctions and the slaves were listed with items of furniture and food, more as an afterthought than anything else, as though they were totally unimportant.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

This museum is a testimony to the courage shown by the people of Liverpool to show how their hierachy benefitted from slaver and to expose their role in this heinous act. Definitely worth an hour or two of your time if you have the stomach to face the stark realities of the yesteryears.
This is a really different museum and an eye opener. The exhibits and the subjects covered in this museum would make most of us uncomfortable. It shows how non-human beings( Rich uncaring people), who gave no thought to human life, can victimise a whole continent and treat fellow human beings so unfairly and take advantage of them. Liverpool was a center actively engaged in the transatlantic slavery. Just shows that money still rules the world, and most things have not changed, for certain parts of the world today

1  Thank LairdandLady4
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

The museum handles about diverse aspects of slavery and it doesn't spare Liverpool's part in it. It explains the Atlantic slave trade and the emancipation of people out of slavery.
But some aspects, like what is happening in Asia are coming much to short. It is very much a museum about the abduction of African people into slavery and the injustice of white-skinned people. These are important aspects of slavery. After a while you feel exhausted by the repeated argument. But it is not the full image and slavery is a much bigger phenomenon, like what has happend in the GULAG in the Soviet Union, what is currelty happening in North Korea, what happens in Arabia, rural India ... And you wish, that there could be something about these aspects of slavery.

1  Thank Adrian J
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

I thought this more of an exhibition rather than a museum, however, the content and the information was very interesting. We had looked at it previously as one of the things to do before we went and whilst we were looking around Albert Docks we decided to go in and have a look. It was very sobering and informative and if I be honest, at times I found myself with a lump in my throat, and trying not to cry. I think it is very important that this information is shared and exhibited and that it is also free, so that everyone can access it, as it is an important part of history. I also learned which I never knew before how much Liverpool was involved with slavery. Very hard-hitting, but definitely something very important.

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