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H. L. Hunley

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Address: 1250 Supply Street, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone Number: +1 843-743-4865
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864...

The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864 with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After making world history, she mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, she was finally found in 1995 and then raised from the ocean floor in 2000. Since then, scientists have been at work to conserve the legendary submarine and solve the mystery of her disappearance. Tours of the Hunley include viewing the Hunley in her 75,000 conservation tank, facial reconstructions of the crew, and interactive exhibits that tell the submarine's fascinating tale throughout the centuries.

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A literal work in progress but very interesting

The preservation of the Hunley is a work in progress. They are still a 3-5 years out from a dry exhibit. As such, what you see on any particular day may be a little different. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Beaufort, North Carolina
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N Carleston SC
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Need to cut off drinks when patrons are obviously too impaired to drive home,and if that happens you don't let them leave to try and drive home

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The preservation of the Hunley is a work in progress. They are still a 3-5 years out from a dry exhibit. As such, what you see on any particular day may be a little different. The facility is a lab and thus out near the Clemson lab facilities. You may feel like you are lost in the middle of an... More 

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've waiting awhile to visit this museum and see the Hunley. I went on my Birthday to find it was closed on the week days. We returned after 2 weeks as it is only open on weekends, they work on preservation of the sub...great tour. Lots of information on the dedication of the Confererates to eliminate the blockade of ships... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in here on a SAT (they are only open on SAT and SUN). First sub ever to engage with the enemy - a nice museum integral to the scientific research area where the Hunley is located (in a tank of water). Volunteers run everything. I learned a lot - plus it was very cool to see the sub in... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got to see this the last time I was in SC. I enjoyed learning about the history behind it and learning about the preservation techniques they are using to salvage it.

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Thank judie2015
North Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Friends of the Hunley are passionate about their project and it was a great history lesson. It is only open on the weekends.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place to go. I didn't realize all the history about The Hunley. Not just your average museum. It is a research laboratory. Closed during the week for research. Tour given on weekends. Great experience, very glad we went.

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Thank lovinHHI
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Who knew what the H.L. Hunley was all about? Turned out to be very informative tour. I liked being able to vote on how the Hunley sunk. I will go back in a year or two to see the progress they are making to restore this treasure. As a side note, make sure you have GPS. It would be very... More 

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Thank Marian Y
Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a 19th century engineering feat! And a modern day amazement! The science around restoring this historic sub is also fascinating and has led to great discoveries in historic preservation! But the history and the story of this sub will blow you away! Don't miss a tour of the HL Hunley!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We stopped to check this out and were not sure what to expect. The thing to be aware of with the hunley is that it is in a science lab where they are working on it so you are looking at it from behind glass and it is submerged in a tank. If you take the time to read all... More 

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