Museu Internacional da Escravidão

International Slavery Museum

Museu Internacional da Escravidão, em Liverpool, aborda o tema com acuidade histórica e recursos visuais que prendem o visitante. Vale lembrar que a escravidão no mundo é um conjunto de holocaustos que não devem ser esquecidos para não serem repetidos.

About the International Slavery Museum

A wall with the words 'I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery'

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.

What to see in International Slavery Museum

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.

Traditional African wood carvings in a museum case

Photograph © Redman Design/International Slavery Museum

What to do at International Slavery Museum

As well as the permanent displays throughout the museum we also have special events and exhibitions. These are all FREE.


These are temporary displays in the museum. You can find out about current exhibitions by following the ‘Exhibitions’ link in the main navigation panel beneath the International Slavery Museum logo on this page.


1. Beyond the Boundary

An exhibition exploring cricket and the legacies of slavery

19 March 2010 to 13 February 2011

Free entry

Viv Richards raising his cricket bat

West Indian cricket legend, Sir Vivian Richards.
Courtesy of David Munden/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Focusing on South Africa and the West Indies, this exhibition examines international cricket and its links to British imperialism and the history of the transatlantic slave trade. Individual stories of inspirational Black cricketers are highlighted, as is the often over-looked game of women’s cricket.

By standing up to racism in sport, Black cricketers challenged the boundaries of the British Empire, colonialism and apartheid, and reflected the movement of world history.

This exhibition was developed in collaboration with Dr June Bam-Hutchison and South African cricket historian Dr Andre Odendaal.


We regularly hold talks, workshops, children’s events and other activities. You can find out what is available on the day you visit by following the ‘Events and activities’ link in the main navigation panel beneath the International Slavery Museum logo. All events and activities are free. There is a regular programme of British Sign Language interpreted events.

Planning your visit

The visitor information page should tell you all you need to know about getting to the museum, opening times, facilities etc.

A horned headdress made from shells

Liverpool museums – About the International Slavery Museum.

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