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H.L. Hunley Submarine

1250 Supply Street, Building 255, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405
877 448 6539
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums
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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a working laboratory with a tour to see the Hunley, the Confederate submarine than sank a Union ship off Sullivan's Island. It sat in the sand at the bottom of Atlantic for about 140 years before being retrieved early this century. The facility is a work place for the archaeologists who are working to preserve the iron submarine... More

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Orlando, FL
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7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Found out about the Hunley by a sign in highway. Next day went to visit and is a little tricky to get there, since is located in industrial warehouse area. Very interesting for people who like Civil war history, and how the confederacy developed this man powered submarine. Tour is interesting, unfortunately it was a bit hard to see the... More

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Cumming, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It was disappointing that we could only view the submarine from above - it is totally submerged in water, making it difficult to see. The tour guide was very informative.

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Glen Allen, VA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

I went to see the Hunley today and was disappointed by the experience. In the book "Discover Charleston" at my B&B - on page 29 - there's a full-page ad for visiting the Hunley with a photo of people leaning over a yellow railing and looking directly down onto the submarine. Well, guess what - that is false advertising and... More

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78 reviews 78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

In case you live under a rock or just aren't into American history, the Hunley is the first submarine to ever successfully sink an enemy ship during wartime. The Hunley, a Confederate ship, sank the USS Housatonic in the Charleston harbor during the Civil War and was never seen again until it was found on the bottom (by an organization... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My husband visited the exhibit in 2008 but failed to take the actual tour. He wanted me to see the Hunley and try to crank the mock exhibit. I was suitably impressed by the docent's knowledge of not only the history of the Hunley but also of the salvaging. What was most impressive for me was the story about the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was on the top of the list of things to do in Charleston for my husband. Tours are only offered on the weekends so we had to schedule our trip to make sure we'd be able to do the tour. Admission was $12 per person and went towards the preservation. Our tour guide offered a lot of information and... More

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Elon College, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is not your usual museum, it is a singular exhibit about only the Hunley. Driving there you will wonder if you are going to the right place, but it is in a warehouse type building that you enter through a large rolling door. The guide was excellent and the exhibits fascinating, if you are interested in the civil war... More

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Auburn, Georgia, USA
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Ever since the Hunley was discovered in 1995 and they announced they would be salvaging it, I wanted to see it in person. I seized the opportunity this weekend and am glad I went. For a mere $12 ($10 for seniors) you get a knowledgeable tour guide who can provide all sorts of trivia and facts about the ship and... More

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great place to visit! This was my second time to see the Hunley. My guide was retired military and was very knowledgeable about the submarine, the story and the time period. A must see when you visit Charleston!

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