Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers ST
Charleston, SC 29401


Possibly the only known building used as a slave auction gallery in SC still in existence, the Old Slave Mart was once part of a complex of buildings known as Ryan's Mart. The complex had a brick wall enclosed yard, a four-story building that contained a "barracoon" or slave jail, a kitchen and a dead house or morgue. Slave auctions ended here in Nov. 1863. The museum recounts the story of Charleston's role in the inter-state slave trade, focusing on the history of the building and site and the slave sales that took place here.

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6 Chalmers ST
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-958-6467


  • Civil War
  • Admission : $7; $5 ages 5-17 and seniors 60 and older; children under 5 free
  • Days and Hours of Operation : M-Sa 9am-5pm
  • Days and Holidays Closed : Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Sundays