Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage, Nantes

#2 of 17 in Museums in Nantes
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage is a reminder of Nantes' role in the slave trade during the 18th century. The city of Nantes believes that to take responsibility for this odious episode in history, is necessary for appreciating the thriving diversity it enjoys in the present day. By building the memorial the city recognizes that its wealth was acquired by the inhuman trade in flesh. You will see an austere reminder of these dark days in Nantes' designed by Krysztof Wodiczko and Julian Bonder who say their design “...will enable visitors to discover and interpret the diverse facets of a history...” To visit Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage and other attractions in Nantes, use our Nantes visit planning tool.
Create an itinerary including Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
595 reviews
  • A must visit if you travel to Nantes. From the glass plaques with all the ships names to the underground history which gives in details the horrors which was the slave trade. It’s not too far from...  more »
  • I had seen photos of this memorial and quite frankly I expected more. All I’ll say is I’m glad there is a memorial but considering the size and scale of the French slave trade I felt there should be....  more »
  • It was kind of a relaxing walk. I didn't realize it would all be outside but it was refreshing
  • A very moving memorial, both unusual in design and very effective. Putting it beneath street level with the concrete pillars shaped liked ship's timbers really creates the impression that one is in the bowels of an old slaving ship. The descriptions and time line are well thought out and detailed enough to give a history of the slaving trade not only that was run from the very river one sees so close by but also the extent and scope of the trade across the world and for so long. Very impressive and highly recommended if you are visiting Nantes.

Plan your trip to Nantes

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip