International Slavery Museum
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Royal Albert Dock
Tel: +44 (0)151 478 4499
Admission to the International Slavery Museum is free
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.
- Accept Credit/Debit Cards
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Disabled Access
- Gift Shop
- Schools Accepted
Children & Infants
- Child Friendly
- In town/city centre
Map & Directions
The International Slavery Museum is housed within the Maritime Museum which is located at the Albert Dock on Liverpool's famous waterfront, adjacent to the Pier Head.
Follow brown signs to the Albert Dock. There is a multi-storey car park at Kings Dock (5 minutes walk).
Q-Park Strand Street with 2000 underground spaces can be accessed from the centre of Strand Street which runs past the Albert Dock.
Public Transport Directions
By Rail: Located in the Albert Dock complex, the nearest train station is at James Street.
By Coach: The nearest bus station is at Paradise Street.
By Air: The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
- National Awards DisabledGo 2013
- Regional Awards Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2018 - Winner 2018
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2020
- Regional Awards WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- Regional Inclusive Places Charter 2022
|Open (1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022)|