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USS Albacore Museum

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Address: 600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: 603-436-3680
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Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served...

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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Great Attraction for the Engineer in You

Went through this sub last year, spent 3 hours looking over every square inch and enjoyed seeing how they got all that technology into a steel tube! This sub was the first of a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went through this sub last year, spent 3 hours looking over every square inch and enjoyed seeing how they got all that technology into a steel tube! This sub was the first of a sleek new hull design- made in Portsmouth! Well worth catchin of you are in area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

☆☆☆ It's not every day you get the chance to go into a real submarine, don't pass this opportunity by. Gives you a real appreciation of what Navymen endure living inside a sub. Excellent history lesson with onboard guide telling real stories of the sea. ☆☆☆☆☆

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

My 7-year old son and I were visiting friends in the area, and this appeared to be the only game in town as far as kids attractions went, so I decided to take a shot. But, boy, what a wonder it turned out to be! We have visited quite a few naval vessel museums in the past, but this was... More 

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Wet chester Ohio
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The USS Albacore was a research submarine, designed by the Navy to test experimental features used in modern submarines. It is now opened to the public. Tours through Albacore are self-guided. A series of audio stations highlight Albacore's unique features with recordings by former crew members tell something of the daily life aboard the sub.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

See what it is like to enter the undersea world of a submarine. Not a lot of space, helps to be small and short. The look through the periscope is very interesting. The ships tour is very interesting, but if you are claustrophobic it may not be for you. The gift shop is full of good stuff.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

I really feel that this is a "must see" if you're in the Portsmouth area. This museum offers one a hands on tour of a historically important submarine and is a great experience for both young and old. The tour is very informative and the staff here is very friendly. It's not often that you can walk through a submarine... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Albacore was an experimental sub used in WW2. The full unit is there with many test enhancements tested by the navy Watch the movie about how they got it into its dry 'pen', it is amazing,

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Might be the best $7 i have every spent. This little sub was so much fun to tour. One is able to go through the whole sub with very little restriction. We even tried squeezing in one of the bunks which is a must to really understanding how cramped life on a sub must be. Although the museum is lacking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Fun, Easy access, historical, education. Real US sub used for testing. A little tight and not easy to walk around in for those with ambulatory issues.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have lived in Portsmouth on and off for many years. I had never been until some family came to visit with kids. This was the perfect thing to do on a Sat afternoon.

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