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Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers St. | Charleston, SC 29401 | Official website
Old Slave Mart Museum
  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 2.5 (2.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Slavery was a painful but major part of Charleston's past. It was once the commercial hub of South Carolina's plantation lifestyle, and at the Old Slave Mart Museum you'll learn about the more brutal side of Charleston's history. The museum is housed in the old slave mart where slaves were auctioned off to the highest bidder. While you're here, you can see the morgue, plus the jail where slaves were kept before being sold.

Although the museum exudes a depressing atmosphere, one recent visitor tells TripAdvisor that "the Old Slave Mart does an admirable job of interpreting America's transatlantic and domestic slave trade, using informative panels presenting different points of view, audio excerpts of Depression-era interviews with former slaves and artifacts. It is fascinating, informative and very necessary." Some previous visitors do note that, despite recent renovations, this museum still has room for improvement.

The Old Slave Mart Museum is located in downtown Charleston and is open every Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is about $7. For more information, visit the museum's section of the City of Charleston website.

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