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“Sub is great - but tour needs work” 4 of 5 stars
Review of H.L. Hunley Submarine

H.L. Hunley Submarine
1250 Supply Street, Building 255, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405
877 448 6539
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Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums
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Falls Church, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Sub is great - but tour needs work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The actual submarine is very cool, but the presentation of it via an enforced tour really detracted from the experience. They take groups in at set times to see the sub. They then give you only a few minutes to look at the actual sub, and then ask you to turn your back on it to listen to the tour guide give a long talk about the Hunley, its history, and the attack on the Housatonic. The talk lacked substantive information about the recovery and rehabilitation of the Hunley, another weakness. They also forbid photos of the Hunley. The Hunley is interesting and powerful, and worth seeing on its own merits, but the tour detracts from it.

Visited November 2012
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Charleston, SC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“History of the Civil War”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Not a history buff, this little funky to find museum gives it's best into the history of how this submarine came into existence, its' members, and it's purpous. This is not walking distance around downtown.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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67 attraction reviews
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“Maritime Archaeological Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

The H. L. Hunley was an early man powered submarine built in Mobile, AL during the Civil War. It held a crew of 8 in very tight quarters. It's sole purpose was to sink Union blockade ships. It finally became the first sub to do so when it sunk the 160 crew Housatonic in Charleston Harbor in Feb 1864. The sub mysteriously disappeared after that mission but was finally located in 1995 and raised in 2000. It now sits in a fresh water tank in the Navy Yard in North Charleston and is being meticulously preserved. Besides seeing the sub itself, you can see artifacts recovered including a famous gold coin that the sub commander kept as a "good luck charm" after it took a bullet and saved his life at Shiloh earlier in the war. You can also learn about the men who died on this fateful mission and two earlier ones. Early submarine warfare was the most dangerous of military jobs, and this exhibit brings that to life. Only open to public Sat and Sun. About 30 mins. from downtown Charleston. A highlight of our trip and a "must see" for Civil War and naval historians!

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Matawan, New Jersey
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
“Well worth it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

My husband and I spent a couple of hours at the exhibit after we visited the Hunley's crew at Magnolia Cemetery.
The exhibit was incredible. It was organized wonderfully and it simply amazed me.

Visited November 2012
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North Platte, Nebraska
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Very moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Staff was helpful and informative. Great displays, souvenir shop. Interactive things to do. Informative videos. Only thing was we had trouble finding it and drove around quite a while looking for it.

Visited May 2012
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