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H.L. Hunley Submarine

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Address: 1250 Supply Street, Building 255, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone Number: 18437434865
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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This recent discovery of the first submarine used to sink a ship is being preserved in Charleston, SC. The museum, open on weekends is a must see if you are in the Charleston... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Hard to believe 8 men actually went underwater in that thing! Not a destination in itself but interesting factoid on the tour.

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Clarkdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This recent discovery of the first submarine used to sink a ship is being preserved in Charleston, SC. The museum, open on weekends is a must see if you are in the Charleston area. The story of how this sub was successful in sinking a Union Blockade ship and then disappeared and then disappeared for over 100 years is a... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you like the idea of contributing to an historical restoration, then you'll enjoy this tour. Granted, the Hunley is submerged in water, and is hard (though not impossible) to see, the history and technology that's being rediscovered through this restoration effort is significant. I'm glad that we toured this museum, and, after the restoration is complete in a few... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Went on a Civil War and Slavery walking tour and the guide recommended the Hunley Museum. Went on and on about how great it was so we headed over there. The tour guide told us right before the tour that we were very lucky to see it before it was restored and on display after the restoration is complete in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The museum was very small but good. There are lots of interactive exhibits for young and old alike. I was very disappointed that you can't actually see the submarine due to preservation/research. It is submersed in a solution that puts off fumes so they glassed it in. Between the water, glass and skylight there is to much of a glare... More 

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wvu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Good to see a 150yr old sub from the civil war being restored. It has an interesting history and the people who work there are just awesome.

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Columbia, South Carolina
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Drove over 500 miles from Canton, Ohio explicitly to visit the museum. I had my choice of Friday or Saturday. I chose Friday thinking there would be less of a crowd. The web site stated the museum was open. NOT! The lady wouldn't allow us in even though they were conducting a tour and announced the web site was outdated... More 

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Kitchener
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It's one of a kind. Absolutely a must see in Charleston. If your not a history buff now you might be when you leave.

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Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The display was very impressive. Take your time and go this out of the way attraction. Lots of hands-on and interactive displays. Great for all ages. It was a little difficult to see and hear in the area where the actual submarine is located. Make sure you actually give yourself a couple of hours to explore.

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Charleston, SC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It was good, but not finished; will go back when it is complete. No problem parking, nice gift shop, amazing story and replica faces of the men who were on the Hunley.

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Additional Information about H.L. Hunley Submarine

Address: 1250 Supply Street, Building 255, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone Number: 18437434865
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  North Charleston
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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