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“Dissapointing and lacking”

International Slavery Museum
Ranked #24 of 206 things to do in Liverpool
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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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“Dissapointing and lacking”
Reviewed 30 November 2009

Maybe because I am of slave decent I was looking for something with more depth. Since the initial shock of slavery and racism has been played out since the day I was born (racism and the enslavement of my people is not a new concept) I hoped for a more informative hard hitting experience. Instead... like much of Liverpool culture (I have been to Liverpool numerous times to visit my Scouscer friends) slavery is acknowledged but not really discussed in depth.

There is a room that is supposed to mimic the passage on a ship as a slave. It was an empty dark room with projected images of peoples bleeding, pussing chained legs and arms. Graphic, unnecessary and lacking in any informative content.

There were also arrows scattered all over the place making it difficult to figure out which way to go. As well as random quotes about slavery on the wall in very large print. This just seemed like filler. The quotes weren't even put into context... so what was happening during that time period or what provoked the person to say it was no where to be found.

There was a small section of a recreated African village which was a bit insulting to me since there were many different cultures that were enslaved and not just this one "pan-african" mock village.

I would have liked to have had a timeline of the history of slavery in Liverpool. The motivations for the trade, why it ended. How race and slavery continued to effect the city after abolishment. It was really just a bunch of graphic pictures, movie reels, and thoughtless displays. The rest of the museum was amazing though one of my favorite museums in the world.

7 Thank aylaj
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“A very confronting, thought provoking museum”
Reviewed 20 September 2009

If you are visiting Albert Dock and are interested in human history then this is worth a visit. Very thought provoking and awful how people could deal and profit in another humans enslavement. It says a lot about the city of Liverpool that it is prepared to deal with its shameful role in the slave trade which took people from Africa to America and the Caribbean. The exhibits are well presented and lay out the facts to its visitors.

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