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At International Slavery Museum you'll find out about the millions of people, both in the past and today, who have been taken into slavery. In particular we focus on those who were part of the transatlantic slave trade between about 1500 and 1865. Liverpool was a major slaving port - about 1.5 million enslaved Africans were carried by its ships - so it is fitting that the International Slavery Museum is in Liverpool. Entry is free.


The museum is on the third floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum building.

The museum is divided into three:

Life in West Africa - what was going on in Africa at the time of the trade? Who were the people involved?

Enslavement and the Middle Passage - learn about the brutality and trauma suffered by enslaved Africans on the voyage across the Atlantic, and then the oppression of their lives on plantations in the Americas

Legacies of slavery - this section is about the continuing fight for freedom and equality. It looks at the modern day impact of transatlantic slavery, such as racism and discrimination.

Open daily 10am-5pm.

FREE ADMISSION to the museum and all exhibitions and events.

Getting Here:
The Albert Dock is on the waterfront close to Liverpool city centre and the Liverpool One complex. It is clearly signposted from the motorway and other main routes into the city centre.

Lime Street Station - The International Slavery Museum is about a 20 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street station - Liverpool's mainline train station.
James Street station is about a 5 minute walk away. This station is served by the Wirral Line trains only.
Moorfields station, just off Dale Street, is about a 15 minute walk away. This station is served by the Southport-Hunts Cross, Ormskirk, Kirkby, West Kirby, New Brighton, Chester and Ellesmere Port line trains.

The Paradise Street interchange is the closest bus station, just across the road from the entrance to the Albert Dock.
The C4 city centre bus goes from Queen Square to the Albert Dock.

Contact Details:

International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock
L3 4AQ
Telephone: 0151 478 4499