The Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston
(3.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
An important part of Charleston's history, The Old Slave Mart Museum represents one of the few remaining buildings once used for securing slave labor. Constructed in 1859, this antebellum auction gallery originally formed part of a much larger slave market taking up an enclosed lot between two major streets. Established by a local sheriff after a ban on public slave auctions, the private market operated until the Union forces occupied Charleston and closed the operation in 1865. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the building now offers visitors a chance to learn about the city's role in the inter-state slave trade through a presentation of individual slave sales that took place here. Put The Old Slave Mart Museum into our Charleston travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Charleston.
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  • I learned so much about slavery while visiting this museum, it took a while to get through it as there was much reading material. I was so glad I went. The whole trip to Charleston was so educational ...  more »
  • While this museum is not grand compared to some--and only scratches the surface of the history of African Americans in this country--it is nonetheless powerful, and more than most of us learned in sch...  more »
  • This was an outstanding Museum. It gave the history of the Salve Trade in the US. This was a very sobering visit to sad part of history. 
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  • Small, but cheap ($7), and definitely worth a stop. Good history on the not-so-great past of the alleys and back rooms of Charleston's slave trade. Learned a lot about the "monetary value" of humans in historic Charleston
  • Very well done museum inside of an old slave auction house. The exhibits upstairs are just as good. I think everyone should see it because we cantor forget what had happened.
  • Really powerful information about the economics of the slave trade and who was complicit. Shame that there is still apologists doing walking tours downplaying both Charleston's role in the slave market, and the slaves role in building Charleston.
  • Very interesting museum! Definitely learned alot that I didn't know before!
  • This experience was one of the greatest of my life time. You will leave with a different perspective of what you may know now.... Easy reading and spacious.