International Slavery Museum

3rd Floor
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Royal Albert Dock
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AQ

Tel: +44 (0)151 478 4499

The exterior of the warehouse building that the Slavery Museum is located inside.

Guide Prices

Admission to the International Slavery Museum is free

About

The International Slavery Museum is located within Liverpool's Albert Dock, inside the Maritime Museum building.

The museum is the only one of it's kind and looks at the aspects of historical and contemporary slavery. Expect to be taken on a thought-provoking and moving explorative journey beginning at life before slavery. It looks at the people of West Africa and their rich and varied history and culture developed, long before European slaves.

At the beginning of the museum, youngsters can explore the Igbo family replica and learn about traditional African Culture.

The story continues to enslavement, of which features a walk-in audio visual display which capturing the horrors and conditions that were endured by slaves on slave ships across the Atlantic. This chapter of the museum is narrated by people that were stripped of their identities and treated as animals by crews.

The final section of the museum spotlights the reminders of the racism and discrimination faced by the Black population even after the abolition of the slave trade. However, this is not the end of the exhibition, the museum delves into the spirit shown by people of African descent and how this influenced the societies of culture of America and Europe today.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the Black Achievers Wall, the Freedom Wall and to visit the Campaign Zone which regularly displays exhibitions on how millions all over the world are still being sold as objects and forced to work for little or no pay.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building is currently hosting the first in a new series of pop-up displays working with creatives to develop an artistic response to Liverpool and its role in historic slavery and the legacies. The latest exhibition is called Meet Me at the River and details can be seen here.

Check the International Slavery Museum's website for details on What's on.

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  • Accept Credit/Debit Cards
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Access
  • Gift Shop
  • Schools Accepted

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Map & Directions

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Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      679
    • Very Good
      378
    • Average
      126
    • Poor
      57
    • Terrible
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    Recent Reviews:

    • andream0402
      Melbourne, Australia
      Trip type:
      Couples
      Horrible history
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 4th May 2022
      This museum is pretty unique in its subject and it’s a horrible part of history that cannot be ignored. The history of the slave trade concerning Liverpool is there and of many other nations too... Read full review
    • Hedgehogbabies
      Trip type:
      Couples
      We need to apologise
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 8th May 2022
      If you're a feeling rational human being there is no way you could leave this museum without realising just what a horrible thing slavery was, and what was done to whole African nations. Read full review
    • sadiyahmuhammad54
      Greater London, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Friends getaway
      Thought provoking of saddening
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 15th May 2022
      As a descendant of Slaves I found the Museum quite thought provoking and often saddening. It was sometimes shocking at the historical elements of how many years this went on for. I found that the... Read full review

    Opening Times

    Open (1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022)
    DayTimes
    MondayClosed*
    Tuesday10:0018:00*
    Wednesday10:0018:00*
    Thursday10:0018:00*
    Friday10:0018:00*
    Saturday10:0018:00*
    Sunday10:0018:00*
    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

    Awards

    • National AwardsDisabledGo DisabledGo 2013
    • Regional AwardsLiverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2018 - Winner Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2018 - Winner 2018
    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
    • Regional AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
    • RegionalInclusive Places Charter Inclusive Places Charter 2022

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