International Slavery Museum

International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock
L3 4AQ




0151 478 4499

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Merseyside Maritime Museum and Albert Dock

The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. Working in partnership with other museums with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the museum provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacy of slavery today.

It is located in Liverpool's Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site and only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.

One of the greatest groups of national museums in the world, National Museums Liverpool is ideally placed to elevate this subject onto an international stage. Our previous focus on the issue of slavery, the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, won worldwide recognition and was central to the development of our award-winning work on diversity and outreach.

The new museum opened on 23 August 2007. Not only was this the date of the annual Slavery Remembrance Day, but the year 2007 was particularly significant as it was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade.

Venue Type:

Museum, Campaign or initiative

Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm. Closed from 2pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges


Collection details

Industry, Maritime, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Brutal Exposure: the Congo

  • 24 January — 7 September 2014 *on now

Brutal Exposure: the Congo is an exhibition of photographs taken by missionary Alice Seeley Harris which document the exploitation and brutality in the Congo Free State in the early 1900s. This exhibition is a partnership project between Autograph ABP, National Museums Liverpool and Anti-Slavery International.


Their Spirits

  • 31 January — 7 September 2014 *on now

Their Spirits is a stunning exhibition by internationally acclaimed Jamaican artist Laura Facey. The central installation is a 12 metre slave ship canoe which contains more than 1,300 resin miniature figurines.


Between Slavery and Freedom on St Helena

  • 4 April 2014 — 1 April 2015 *on now

Between Slavery and Freedom on St Helena explores finds from the slave cemetery on the remote south Atlantic island. This exhibition, funded by the St Helena government, is the first ever to look at the recently discovered graveyards of Africans in Rupert’s Valley on the island.