Find out more about some of the highlights from the International Slavery Museum's
collections and displays by following the links below.
Galleries and displays
The International Slavery Museum has three main galleries on the following themes:
- 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
- Legacies of slavery - which details the
continuing fight for freedom and equality; the contemporary impact of transatlantic
slavery, such as racism and discrimination; and the achievements of the African
In addition to the three permanent galleries, the museum also hosts a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.
This includes displays in the museum's Campaign Zone - 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.
Other major features
Visitors encounter these two major standalone
features at the entrance to the museum:
The history of the slave trade
Further information about the history of the slave trade and suggestions for further
reading are available on this website:
You can also follow four Africans as they are taken and sold into slavery in our
online feature Slaves' stories.