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International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

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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. Arrange your visit to International Slavery Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Liverpool using our Liverpool trip builder.
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  • This museum is a really fascinating and informative place. You will learn new things even if you know about slavery and its history. Some parts were really upsetting but I'm glad I saw them. This is a...  more »
  • Lots of information about the slaves & the people that bought & sold them - lots of information to take in, but makes you think!  more »
  • Excellent museum that charts the history of slavery in Liverpool. A must see for everyone....in parts upsetting  more »
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  • Ticks all the boxes...Free, Interesting and very educational. Definitely need at least 4 hours to visit.
  • Visited last year there were several photos of mutilated slaves and narratives, but as it was closing time we were unable to view them all so a 2nd visit was needed, on the 2nd visit this year, to my disappointment the section which hosted the mutilated photos of black slaves and more was now dedicated to slavery in India, the current state of slavery in India is upsetting and we understand the museum is there to showcase historical and contemporary slavery, but how can contemporary slavery be compared or put in the same category to what young, old enslaved black, who were forced out of Africa, sold then striped of their native names, languages, branded, tortured brutally, physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually, displaying them in human zoo for 400+ years was puzzling and somewhat disrespectful. When it comes to the true history of the African slave trade, the roles Liverpool, Europe and the rest of the world played, and the treatment of the black race during and after slavery, would always be downplayed and heavily whitewash to hide the hidden truth of the millions of black people who suffered unspeakable, unimaginable life through the hands of their slave masters and owners, furthermore the museum was missing a lot of information cards that accompanied some of the display units, lighting to some of these displays was lacking making them very hard to view and a lot of the audio units were displaying out of order signs.
  • Very informative if a little harrowing in places, good for school parties.
  • In an era of doctrinaire education in which only one aspect of human suffering is taught, the City of Liverpool and the two sponsors who made this possible should be commended. Having seen this excellent attempt at explaining the disease of slavery that even today affects so many, the case for reparations, not just monetary, but morally, is incontrovertible. Why, may I ask, are schools not required to include this part of British history in their curricula?
  • Very interesting and thorough history of world slavery.