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.

Book Tickets

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  • International Slavery Museum

Facilities

Other

  • 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

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Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2022
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    681
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    380
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Recent Reviews:

  • TravelDreamin
    California
    Excellent and Important
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 13th June 2022
    Part of the (free) Maritime Museum, this floor does an incredible job of placing the slave trade in the context of African traditions, Liverpool's history, and the world of today. The exhibit aren't... Read full review
  • 923Dan
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Interesting museum looking at the dark past of Liverpool
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th June 2022
    The International Slavery Museum in the Albert Dock part of Liverpool, is an interesting museum looking at the dark past of Liverpool, and the part the city played in the trans-Atlantic slave... Read full review
  • tomalli68
    Falkirk, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Couples
    Interesting
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 22nd June 2022
    Interesting museum which is within the maritime museum. Well worth taking a bit of time out to visit it, especially if at the maritime museum. Good history, thought provoking. 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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