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USS Albacore Museum

600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-3680
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Ranked #5 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History 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 submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel... more » 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. « less
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It was pretty cool to walk through the self-guided tour of the Albacore. I've never been in a submarine before and seeing how small things are and how people lived was very new to me. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys history and the Navy.

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Dartmouth, MA
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34 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

My husband and I toured here and were impressed with the great job the museum does bringing the whole submarine experience right to you. Tour the little museum first for the history of this sub and others in Portsmouth, the triumph and tragedy of them. Then walk through the USS Albacore for a well presented hands on experience with excellent... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed an hour at this exhibition, a good short audio visual presentationat thebstart and very helpful staff. Athough this is not a battle class submarine it was a working experimental submarine and it gives a very good example of what life was like on board, especially the sleeping conditions. As adults we enjoyed this visit and spent time looking... More

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New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Neat little attraction to check out especially with boys. The sub walkthrough probably only takes less than 30 minutes depending on how crowded it is (and it doesn't take a lot of people to cram things up and slow the walkthrough). There is some neat stuff in the gift/visitor center itself. While there is no overwhelming wow factor that makes... More

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Westhampton, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You are allowed on the submarine and then there is a small museum inside with a video, approximately 15 minutes long that shows the Albacore being moved to it's current site, plus information about it's creation and function. Admission is $7 for adults. There is also a memorial garden on premise. Just as an FYI you won't be able to... More

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Columbus, OH
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The attraction here is the opportunity to walk through the sub and listen to the audio descriptions of various areas & various aspects of submarine life. This was an experimental sub that was active in the 50s through the 70s so it doesn't have a wartime history and didn't have torpedoes on it, as others have noted. If that is... More

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San Francisco, California
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The kids of course loved running through the submarine (who wouldn't!) but the first thing they noticed (and they are 5 years old!) is "hey there's no torpedoes here" Which is a subtle point they don't advertise. This wasn't a real submarine. This was a prototype built to test a new sub design. it has no weapons, which of course... More

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Black River, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We went through the USS Albacore. It is in a nice little area with a lot of history and information about the sub and men from the area who have served. I don't know how they did it! it is a tiny, tiny, space. Very cool to see what our sailors have to deal with as a normal part of... More

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Carmel, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Wow, the life of a submariner is disciplined, confined, but very interesting. The museum tells the story of the Albacore's construction and the tour provides first hand knowledge of life under the sea. Not to be missed.

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St-Bernard-de-Lacolle
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I'm something of a claustrophobe but I managed to crawl through this submarine without panicking and it was worth it. My friend and I didn't have any kids with us but that didn't stop us from enjoying the Albacore. It was hot and cramped even with big fans blowing at intervals. The bunk beds were a real eye-opener and my... More

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