International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

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#7 of 16 in Museums in Liverpool
Hear the stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery at International Slavery Museum. The museum has three permanent main galleries--life in West Africa, enslavement and the middle passage, and legacy--as well as a changing program of temporary exhibits. Explore the museum’s campaign zone to learn about forms of slavery in the world today. Visit the on-site shop to pick up a book on slavery or a fair-trade gift. Stop for something to eat in the museum’s cafe or restaurant. If it’s a warm day, head outside to the picnic benches that overlook the docks. Start your trip to Liverpool by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • August 21, 2017
    This was my husbands choice & like the maritime it was good but it upsets me this kind of thing so it would have to be something that is up your street.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Fascinating place, learnt alot, very moving, a must visit place in Liverpool, very thought provoking  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    The layout of the museum was good as to let you take in a lot of information. Liverpool's role in The Slave Trade was very well explained, the street names hit home. For us, it was lacking two things ...  more »
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  • Interesting museum following lots of different aspects of slavery, very humbling obviously but not something we shouldn't acknowledge, which I think this museum helps with. All the exhibits were very moving. Lovely cafe as well. Staff lovely and helpful. I'd recommend a visit here.
  • PROS: - educational, - well-maintained and clean, - free of charge, but donations are welcome, - lots of history on three levels, - shop with souvenirs, - helpful staff, - clean toilets, - elevators if you can't do stairs, - two museums in one (Maritime and Slavery). CONS: None.
  • Somehow slavery museum turned into a black supremacy message. I was looking forward to learning about slaves from all cultures. This museum should be called "the history of oppression of Africans by the western world and how they are successful now museum!"
  • Very educational and gives a glimpse into the history of slavery! Recommend!
  • The museum is interesting - feels like something new. However, I found that signs and videos repeat each other sometimes, and some touchscreens are not working properly (it was impossible to view some sections as I couldn't press the 'buttons'). The connection between Igbo village description and slavery trade bits was also unclear for me.

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