Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston: Our most recommended tours and activities

Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

1. Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

Save 40% or more off of Charleston's top tours and attractions, pay zero to enter, and simply show your Mobile Pass. Choose a 1, 2, or 3-day pass with admission to Fort Sumter, Ghost Tours, Plantations, Museums, Carriage, and Bus Tours, Historic House Museums, Cultural sites, and much more. After purchase, you'll receive a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. The Mobile Pass provides instant access to over 40 of the city's top tours, attractions, and historic sites where admission is included. Reserve tours in advance before arriving. Multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days. Choose between: 1-Day pass: Choose 2 featured tours plus visit unlimited walk-in or standard attractions for 1 day. 2-Day Pass: Choose 3 featured tours plus visit unlimited walk-in or standard attractions for 2 days. Featured Tours (requires reservations which can easily be made within the mobile pass) • Fort Sumter Tour • Carriage Tour • Boone Hall Plantation • Drayton Hall • Charleston Harbor Tour • Haunted USS Yorktown Guided Tour • Charleston History Walk • Choose from 6 different Ghost Tours • Hunley Submarine Tour (weekends only) • Mini-Bus Guided Tours Standard Attractions (no reservation required, can be visited anytime during operating hours): • Aiken Rhett House Museum • Heyward Washington House Museum • Joseph Manigault House Museum • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site • Caw Caw Interpretive Center • Nathaniel Russell House Museum • Charleston Fun Park ($20 value) • Charleston Museum • Gibbes Museum of Art • Charleston Water Taxi (all-day ride pass) • Museum at Market Hall • Deep Water Vineyard (free tasting + wine glass) • McLeod Plantation • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon • Slave Mart Museum • Powder Magazine • South Carolina Historical Society Museum • The Grit Counter ($7 lunch voucher per person) • Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts (free doughnut per person) • North Charleston Fire Museum

Charleston: African-American History Guided Walking Tour

2. Charleston: African-American History Guided Walking Tour

Discover the stories of the enslaved Africans that were brought to the Carolina colony on this guided walking tour in Charleston. Stop at some of the most well-preserved historical landmarks in Charleston with African-American ties.  Meet your guide outside of the 19th-century St. Philip's Church and begin your journey into the city's past. Hear about the culture of the Gullah-Geechee people. Liste as your guide paints a vivid picture of historic events from the early-1700s to the present day. Enjoy a walk through colorful Charleston while you visit significant sites such as the Charleston City Market, the Old Slave Market, and the Old City Jail. Dig deeper into the background of these sites with help from your guide. Uncover some of the colorful art and music produced by Charleston’s African-American community along the way.

Charleston History Walk by Professor Eric Lager, Ph.D.

3. Charleston History Walk by Professor Eric Lager, Ph.D.

My name is Eric and I specialize in South Carolina and Charleston history during the Colonial Era, American Revolution, Antebellum Era, and the Civil War. With nearly twenty years of combined experience teaching at the college level and working in the public history sector, I am dedicated to my craft and love sharing history with others. Experience the charm of Charleston and enrich your historical knowledge of the Holy City with a professionally trained historian who loves meeting new people and has a passion for sharing the past. Unlike many tour companies in town that allow up to 20 people in each group, my Charleston tour is guaranteed to have no more than 10. A small group environment allows you to connect with Charleston's history on a more intimate level by avoiding the distractions associated with large tours, gain a deeper understanding of the city, and ultimately have more fun. Charleston History Walk provides an in-depth look into Charleston’s remarkable history from its founding in 1670 to the present. On my 2 1/2 hour Charleston tour through the historic district, you will be guided to see and understand the modern-day city of Charleston through the lens of its past. History is more than just dates and facts. History is composed of exciting and compelling stories. My mission is to provide you with a high quality Charleston history tour that is both entertaining and educational, but above all, one that is meaningful and memorable!

Charleston: Self-Guided Audio History Walking Tour

4. Charleston: Self-Guided Audio History Walking Tour

Enjoy a journey of over 300 years of history in Charleston on a self-guided walking tour. Explore the French Quarter’s iconic sights, Old Customs House, and more at your own pace with the magic of an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. Start your tour at the famous City Market and have a chance to grab a cup of coffee or a quick bite before stepping into a time machine to explore Charleston’s rich and fascinating past. Visit the scenic Pineapple Foundation in Waterfront Park, Old Exchange, and the Provost Building. Take a stroll down memory lane to visit some of the city’s oldest and best-preserved homes. Hear about the revolutionary Civil War and Charleston’s connection to the slave trade. Discover the facts about why George Washington stayed in the city for three days straight during his tour of the South. You will know the significance of the pineapple in the area. Walk through the beautiful lanes and hear the stories behind the famous buildings of Charleston. 

The French Quarter: GPS Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

5. The French Quarter: GPS Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the beauty of the French Quarter of Charleston on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the area with an audio guide and visit famous attractions like Church Street, churches, and the Pineapple Fountain. Hear the stories of its alleys, old buildings, the Old Slave Market, Charleston Green, the Civil War, and more. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the town. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time to see the sights. Feel free to stop in the shops or restaurants and try the local products of the place. Embark on a step-by-step tour through the picturesque alleyways and hidden treasures of the French Quarter by following a GPS audio guide on your smartphone.

Patriots, Pirates, and History Walking Tour By Junket

6. Patriots, Pirates, and History Walking Tour By Junket

Uncover over 350 years of history embedded in the streets of Charleston in the company of an expert guide. Join an insightful tour of the city center to discover the events that shaped the city we know today. Hear stories about slaves and pirates as you visit the sites they did. Meet your guide at The Battery, where Blackbeard captured and robbed nine ships during a week-long blockade. Begin your walk through historic homes and monuments, and snap a photo in front of Rainbow Row. Travel back to the 18th century, when the infamous Charleston pirate Anne Bonny ruled the seas. Stand at the gate of the only surviving slave auction house in South Carolina and delve into the history of William Washington, a lesser-known Revolutionary War hero. Along the way, come across the Charleston Wall and the Stede Bonnet Monument, where the “Gentleman Pirate” was executed.

Charleston: Historical Guided Walking Tour

7. Charleston: Historical Guided Walking Tour

Come explore the rich, extensive history of the Holy City! Charleston's streets run deep with stories of glory and pain, of splendor and darkness. In this 120 minute tour you'll see some of Charleston's most storied sights and learn the history that makes our Kingdom by the Sea one of the most beautiful, remarkable, and memorable cities in America! We will share with you our in-depth knowledge of Charleston. There are so many fascinating and innovative people and events that have occurred on such a small little peninsula. Touring with Revolutionary Charleston you will see the City through the eyes of licensed tour guides that cherish Charleston for her beauty and her flaws.

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What people are saying about Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Dr. Lager was a wealth of information. My mom in her 70s and my two children aged 8 and 10 years old had a blast. My kids asked 100s of questions, and he patiently answered all of them. He told jokes and made the stories about the people, architecture, government, and culture funny, relatable, and memorable. We came away from this amazing tour really having a deep appreciation for this beautiful city and the people who crafted it. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in getting a realistic and entertaining preview of Charleston. We spent 4 days here and did probably 5-6 different themed tours and hit a lot of museums during our stay, and his history walking tour was the best. It was the highlight by far of our trip!

What a great idea! I loved being able to set my own pace, linger over the sights that interested me and stroll quickly pass the others. The folksy accent of the narrator took a minute to accept, but it grew on me - and the interstitial music was a perfect scene-setter! Highly recommend - the price is right and you get a great introduction to the history of the place. I didn't take advantage of the "dig deeper" options, but it seems that they go more into detail for those who want it.

Highly recommend getting the pass. We went to Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, and the carriage ride. For the standard features we did Rhet House, Historical Society, Charleston museum, slave mart museum, provost dungeon.

Eric was an endless source of information about the city, the architecture and the history. He was funny, thoughtful, prompt and interested in us. Terrific tour.

Very easy to use, no issues with vendors, got into all the standard and used the 2 premium without a problem.