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

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Haverhill, MA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I always wanted to see this and using the Grandkids as an excuse was good! The sub is very interesting and the museum is fun. Not too crowded as the sub is not large. Go off season and avoid any crowds!

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Hambergen, Germany
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Immidiately after entering the ship we were fascinated about the ship and especially the sailors, who had to live there together for month. The audio-tour is self guided and helpful. You may touch all the stuff on board. Lay down in one of the bunkbeds and feel the nightmarrish narrowness. Get into the command post and feel like a captain!... More

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Enfield
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Got lucky and had a retired Submarine Navy man share his knowledge of the sub! Very cool! Able to learn even more about the sub. There are audio recordings in various areas of the sub that help you get through the self-guided tour too.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Been to the Intrepid sub in NYC and this was better. Son is 6 and he could touch everything and climb into the bunks. Very reasonable price. Only spent and hour. Older kids would probably get more time out of it.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Plenty of attractions in our little city and the Sub is no exception. Getting around is sometimes an adventure as Portsmouth has about 6 new constructions and coming from Market Square to the Sub is fine just going down Market Street extension. Coming from the "Round-a-bout" or "Traffic Circle" you can go take the exit like going to Maine over... More

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Rye, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a must see attraction in Portsmouth. How often do you get to climb through a submarine w/o a guide! Plus it pays hommage to the brave men who sacrificed so much (in many cases all they had) to defend our country. Bring the fam and teach the kids that freedom isn't free; and that sacrafice and thinking about... More

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Rochester, NY
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you have never been inside a submarine, this is your chance. This was never involved in any wartime action, it was built as a test sub.

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is not an attraction for someone who is handicapped or claustrophobic. It was very interesting to see why it was like to be in a sub and hear the stories from some of the navy submariners. The film in the museum and the artifacts were very interesting.

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