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USS Albacore Museum

Address: 600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: 603-436-3680
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Ranked #5 of 25 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle.

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English first
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We toured the submarine with my 5 yr old, and he loved it! This is a well preserved piece of history. I was amazed at the conditions our military endured on this sub, especially in the sleeping quarters, if you can really sleep there. The bunks were so small. I jokingly said it must be a requirement to be short... More 

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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41 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The USS Albacore was an experimental hull and propeller design for the fleet. This ship was not armed, but was designed to be improve the silence of the US Fleet in the Cold War. This design proved successful in several ways. The Albacore museum also shows the evolution of the submarine in the US defense arsenal and the sacrifices of... More 

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Great price, well maintain, self guided (there are differernt stops where you push a botton and get a good history of the sub. Like any sub, it's kind of a tight squeeze, but still really interesting.

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Sausalito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This submarine is literally in the middle of a highly trafficked route. It's like it just fell from the sky, and there it stayed! During the tour, you get the whole story of what it took to get the sub where it sits today. It's a great stop, with great history. Not for those with claustrophobia; however

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Bartlett, New Hampshire
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96 reviews 96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you like touring naval ships of all kinds, this is a good stop while traveling through Portsmouth. "It's a Sub". If you've seen one, you pretty much have an idea of what they're all about. This one has particular "Cold War & Research" significance. It's well worth a visit with the kids who may have no idea of what... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We had arrived in the US the previous day and were all up really early, still on UK time, We drove into Porthsmouth, NH and had a look around and had seen the submarine on the drive in. Heading back out of town, we made the snap decision to go and have a look around, mostly curious as to how... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Passed by the Museum many times when I used to drive over-the-road, but never had the chance to stop fora tour. Definitely worth the wait! An amazing submarine, and the ability to tour the entire boat (unlike the U.S.S. Nautilus) really enhanced the experience. Very cramped inside(as most subs are), especially the bunks! Saw the infamous "pancake" diesel engines that... More 

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Lower Michigan
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206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Great way to spend a few hours. I even liked it and this isn't the kid of thing I would enjoy. My husband thought it was super cool. You can touch a lot of the displays, lay on the bunks, sit on the chairs, etc. Super cool!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Self guided tour as told by the people who were on the sub. (push buttons trigger audio throughout the sub) Interesting to walk through and see how everything worked and ran and the stories of those who served on the vessel. Good use of $7 (for adults) if you have 30-45 minutes to spend.

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Michigan
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It's not everyday you get to go on board a submarine. This one has a unique and very interesting history. Even more interesting is how they got it to it's present resting place. Worth the price of admission.

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