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“Unfortunately very disappointed”

International Slavery Museum
Ranked #23 of 218 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 8 August 2014

We went with great hopes. It is in a great old dock area building and like so much in Liverpool is free. The connection between Liverpool and the slave trade is so strong that it is a perfect place to learn and reflect on this terrible trade.
However, from the start the displays and exhibits failed to work and effectively and even the route round the exhibits was unclear with arrows pointing in both directions at times. There was some good material and it was brightly displayed but the order was too random and needed an overt organisation and to actively tell the story. To start, for example, with a video of a Phillipino maid talking of her exploitation in the modern era has it's place in the display, ( ie slavery is not just in the past) but to start with it amongst other displays of African village culture is bizarre.
The exhibits needed grouping and ordering, the Africans, the reasons for the slave trade, the horrors of the trade, the profits made, Liverpool's role, and so on to make sense and tell the story.
Also we felt that, despite comments from some reviewers the museum was too sanitised in parts. This was an appalling trade in humans and should be displayed as such.
Such a shame as there is so much potential.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

The practice of slavery is a confronting issue to tackle in a museum which overall is done very well. I found some of the exhibitions a bit thrown together without a logical sequence. One minute I'm looking at an African hut and the next pictures from a remote island. That said it is worth a visit while you are at the Maritime Museum which is in the same building.

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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.

1  Thank Lindsey T
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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.

1  Thank sylvia c
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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

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