Old Slave Mart Museum801 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 6 Chalmers Street, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8439586467
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Museums, Art Gallery, Historical Site, Family And Kids
As you must have seen in movies or read in old stories, slavery was a common phenomenon in the countries ruled and lived in by the Whites’. This place is one such where the slaves were set for display. Yes, the name comes from the fact that this was a slave display gallery in earlier times. The name of this stretch of street where the museum still remains was Ryan Street. This was where slaves were displayed in public auctions.
Later on there was imposed a ban on public auctions of the African slaves and that was the time when private auctions became necessary for the native Americans and this museum played a great role in this practice. At present, this brick and stucco designed old building is registered in the list of National Historic Buildings. The reason for this tag is that it played an eminent role in the African- American Slavery history even though it was taboo for the social thinkers.
Old Slave Mart Museum Travel Tips
- Entry is free.
- Photography is prohibited here.
How to Reach Old Slave Mart Museum
- Take bus number 201 and 211 till Chrch Street or East Bay Street or Broad Street and then walk till the Old Slave Mart.
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49.41% of people who visit Charleston include Old Slave Mart Museum in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
62.77% of people start their Old Slave Mart Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Old Slave Mart Museum
90.32% of people prefer walking in order to reach Old Slave Mart Museum
Old Slave Mart Museum Reviews & Ratings
You can't take photos inside. This was amazing! A high point of our visit. This is a sensitive and thought provoking exhibit. It's emotionally intense and lovingly curated by an educated staff. My son and I were disturbed and saddened. But, we needed to see this part of our story. Is tastefully done and young children can come without being scared.
This is one of the few museums I know, that specializes in the history of slavery. There are not that many artifacts. It has documents, books, instruments to torture/capture/imprison slaves. The museum building used to be a slave market, and it does explain the history of the slavery and the market in detail. If you are interested on the history of slavery, I would highly recommend this museum. You won't need more than 1-1:30 hour for this museum. There is another old exchange and provost dungeon few blocks from this museum. Exchange building is related with slave trading as well. If you are interested, you can buy a combo ticket to visit both of them.
A wonderful place to take in some knowledge and understanding of some of America's history. George Washington actually stood in one of the rooms that you tour. A wonderful learning opportunity for young and old alike. Beautiful architecture though it is a bit pricey.
If you're interested in African American history, this place is a must visit. It's packed w/lot of Slave history. I really enjoyed hearing the actual voice recordings of interviews w/previous slaves who were once victims of slave auctions right there in Charleston. If your easily moved by the mistreatment of others , carry your tissue because it can be very emotional for at times.
A small museum, with some really good original audio of ex slaves. Makes you think how recent it was relatively. My 14 year old enjoyed/ found it interesting. It was a bit too textual for my 12 year old. Not one for younger kids.