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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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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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I have read and seen films on the H.L.Hunley so was excited to see the real thing. I didn't realise or have imagined that it would be fully submersed in fluid without any... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I have read and seen films on the H.L.Hunley so was excited to see the real thing. I didn't realise or have imagined that it would be fully submersed in fluid without any lighting. viewing is from the top. The drive is through a rough neighbour hood but I would still recommend the trip as there are a few interesting... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 697 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The first time you see it, immersed and preserved in a big tub of water, you are awe-struck. There it is, the H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine to sink a warship. At the time of its discovery at the bottom of Charleston Harbor in 1995, it was called by one historian as "probably the most important find of the... More 

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warrenton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Visiting this piece of US history was incredible. The advance technology that this sub has was quit remarkable. The automobile wasn't even a thought yet. Must see.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

The Hunley is currently only open on Saturday and Sunday, so it might require special planning to get your group there. It's worth the trip. There are several stories at play. The mystery behind the sinking, the restoration of the Hunley, and its role in history. The museum and guided tour did a great job covering all the topics. Pre-order... More 

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New Providence, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Had the pleasure of visiting on the 15th anniversary of her removal from the oceans floor. I have been trying to get to the Hunley for years but tours are only offered on weekends. Easy to book tour ahead of time online to guarantee entrance. Tour was about 45 led by Bill, a very interesting volunteer with many facts about... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I have followed the discovery of the H.L. Hunley since NUMA announced that they found it. What an amazing find! The museum is actually not a museum; more of a way station until a permanent home is built/found. Still, the Hunley is surrounded by exhibits, videos, volunteers, and a gift shop. So, pardon me if I rate this as a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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

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 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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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