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USS Albacore Museum

600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-3680
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Ranked #6 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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Columbus, OH
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Haverhill, MA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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