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USS Albacore Museum

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sightseeing in winter

This was an unexpected surprise. It was very worth my while to explore an old submarine. You can... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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A quick but enjoyable stop

Plenty of parking. Easy to get around. Once you are on the sub the space is VERY tight. You will... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dan F
Salem, Massachusetts
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Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle.
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600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3361
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting trip into history with a tour of the Albacore with our Young grandchildren. As expected there were many twists and turns in the confined space. How men worked on them and traveled out to sea is beyond me. (Slightly claustrophobic). Gave me a good...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an unexpected surprise. It was very worth my while to explore an old submarine. You can tour through on your own, eye opening. I admire those who served on subs after being in this one. Lots of small children with families when we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have about an hour to spare, try this spot. There is a video to watch about the history of the Albacore. You can then tour the sub. It is self guided so you can move at your own pace. Interesting and fun to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carolyn B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plenty of parking. Easy to get around. Once you are on the sub the space is VERY tight. You will need to use some ladders and walk up and down some steps. The guides were informative. Did not spend much time, about 35 minutes. Amazing...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Dan F
Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

Ever been on a submarine? This is it and probably the only chance you will have. All hands on, (nothing really works) but it’s a real submarine. Thousands of knobs, wheels, buttons, etc. You have to be somewhat fit to move around in this thing....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 21, 2019

We took the self-guided tour of the USS Albacore and I think I took over 100 pictures! We spent close to an hour looking at all the instrumentation and controls inside. My kids liked being able to sit in the Sonar Room and at the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

Weather you are a military or history buff or not this is very cool. It is a self guided tour and you can spend as much time in the sub as you like. It is incredible how they lived in this thing. The was not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

Went with my son (12) who shares a fascination with military hardwear. It’s a nice fairly quick self guided take. Do yourself a favor and consider some of the great books in the check in building and TALK & ASK QUESTIONS OF THE STAFF! They...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Vagoda
Reviewed December 20, 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I loved going and learning about the albacore and then getting to explore inside was super fun. There was a young child there who was having a fantastic time, so definitely kid friendly as well! I would not recommend for anyone who...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jessiestruth
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

Must see historic site to visit while in Portsmouth. Easy to find with plenty of parking. Photo friendly with great lighting and near Unlimited access to the boat. Best submarine museum that I've visited. Admission was $8 and it took me two hours to self...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Jacqueline B
August 16, 2017|
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Response from Barbara O | Reviewed this property |
Adults - $7.00 Children 7-17 - $3.00; Children under 7 - free Active duty military - free Retired military (20 years) - $4.00 Family - $14.00 (2 adults and 1 or 2 children under the age of 18; Each additional child - $1... More
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Response from Matthew W | Reviewed this property |
Didn't seem hot to me.
June 6, 2016|
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Response from 1HudsonLvr | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can get pretty close. There is fence around the sub but is low chain link so you can see it clearly. My gets is that after 5 mins you'll leave