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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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Irvine, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

There's a movie you can watch either before or after the tour that shows how the submarine was moved into place. The tour is self-guided. It would not be good to go on a hot day, or with a big crowd, because it gets pretty warm in there, but it was fine right at opening time. It's very interesting to... More

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Huntington, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

loved the self tour imagining what it would be like in a submarine at sea..it was a self guided tour and explained all aspects of a working submarine

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Scottsdale, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

You can attempt to explain life as a submariner, but this museum is yet another example of "a picture's worth 1000 words". All I can say is the crew was under 5'9" tall. Cool museum.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Portsmouth has a great maritime history, and this museum is well worth visiting if you're fascinated by submarines. (However, if you're claustrophobic, give this a pass.The submarine is the real deal.) The tour is (usually) self-guided and you'll learn a lot about submarines, Navy life, and maritime history, in general. This is a small museum, both in size and scope.... More

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San Antonio TX
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220 reviews 220 reviews
62 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The museum is just off Market Street before you head into downtown Portsmouth. It is a submarine that you can enter and explore. There wasn't a lot to see but it was a whole lot of fun crawling around the sub! It'd be great for kids.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

While visiting in Portsmouth, NH, wife and I visited the Albacore Submarine Museum. It was very interesting touring around inside a submarine, while viewing the internal workings of the vessel. Not a spacious nor roomy vessel for the crew members. Not something I would want to do for a military career. It is well worth the time to tour this... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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211 reviews 211 reviews
35 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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
21 helpful votes 21 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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