The International Slavery Museum is located on the third floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum. As well as the galleries below, there are also a number of special exhibition and education spaces and standalone features.
There are three main themed galleries.
- Life in West Africa - exploring the story of Africa and its peoples, who are central to the story of transatlantic slavery
- Enslavement and the Middle Passage - revealing some of the brutality and trauma suffered by enslaved Africans on the voyage across the Atlantic; then the oppression of their lives on plantations in the Americas
- Legacies of slavery - detailing the continuing fight for freedom and equality; the contemporary impact of transatlantic slavery, such as racism and discrimination; and the achievements of the African Diaspora
Exhibitions and education spaces
The museum hosts a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events.
Main exhibition space
Located in the Legacy gallery. The current exhibition is British dance: Black routes.
Located at the far end of the museum by the Legacy gallery. The Campaign Zone is an exhibitions and community space that aims to shed light on the legacies of transatlantic slavery and to raise awareness of the modern forms of slavery existing in the world today. The current exhibition is White Gold.
Anthony Walker Education Centre
This space, near the lifts at the start of the museum, is used for a variety of events, talks and workshops. Smaller exhibitions and displays are held at the entrance. The current display is Toxteth 1981.
Other major features
Visitors encounter these two major standalone features at the entrance to the museum: