USS Albacore Museum

USS Albacore Museum, Portsmouth: Hours, Address, USS Albacore Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

USS Albacore Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The USS Albacore is a research submarine, designed by the U.S. Navy to test experimental features used in modern submarines. The Navy tested top-secret features that led to the high-speed silent operation used on modern U.S. submarines. Today, Albacore has been preserved and is opened to the public Every visitor can go inside and explore this remarkable submarine. You will be able to look through the periscope, explore the control room, engineering spaces, and bunkrooms, and hear crew members tell of things that happened when they were at sea. Tours through Albacore are self-guided. As you walk through the ship, a series of audio stations highlight Albacore's unique features. Recordings by former crew members tell about daily life and some hair-raising incidents aboard the sub. The Visitor Center is your starting point for the tour. The Gift Shop offers souvenirs of your visit. The Memorial Garden preserves the memory of those who have served on Albacore and other U.S. submarines.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ4,772 contributions
Interesting sub and memorial
Jun 2021 • Couples
This place has a touching memorial garden to all those who lost their lives on submarines and a small museum and gift shop. The highlight is touring the submarine. Several spots especially entry doors are very narrow and you have to duck to pass through. It is amazing to see how tight a fit the bunks were. There are several recordings throughout the exhibit to educate you on the submarine
Written June 14, 2021
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PartyTheNightAway
New Jersey1,107 contributions
Touring the USS Albacore Museum
Aug 2020
Excellent trip! We arrived at approximately 1 pm and made our way inside to buy our tickets. There were several docents positioned outside that provided useful information about the submarine and its history. There were also several informational plaques located throughout the outside museum and inside the submarine that contained buttons with the actual voices of crew members that worked on the submarine. These voices gave us detailed information about what we were seeing and how life was like on the submarine. We actually got to go inside of the submarine, and we saw the bunks that the crew members slept on, the kitchen, the dining area, the bathrooms and showers, the control room and the engineering aspect. I gained a lot of knowledge doing this tour and thought it was pretty neat that we got to step inside of an actual submarine. The self guided tour was very detailed and I left without having any additional questions.

TIP: I recommend spending 1 hour here if you truly want to see everything.
Written April 8, 2021
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fefa1986
Seattle, WA340 contributions
Very interesting place
Oct 2020 • Friends
If you live military museums and if you love history you will absolutely enjoy this attraction!!! Watch your head !
Written October 9, 2020
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Floridalawyermom
Safety Harbor, FL22 contributions
Visit with husband
Sep 2020
Cool to see submarines from post ww2 era. Great walk through and heard recordings of stories of men who served on the sub.
Written September 15, 2020
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Ginger B R
Oswego, NY213 contributions
Check it out!
Sep 2020
I did NOT go inside the museum, as it wasn't open yet when I visited. But, it is a really cool thing to see. Submarines aren't exactly common, so if you're in the area, it is totally worthwhile to stop by. It's pretty impressive even just looking from the outside. There is a little memorial area here, too. It is a short walk from downtown Portsmouth, so I recommend taking a look. I must return and go inside someday!
Written September 11, 2020
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CMac
Woonsocket, RI7 contributions
Neat.
Aug 2020 • Family
A fun little trip for adults and kiddos. Very educational up front, then exploration of the little submarine is interactive with buttons and moving parts as well. Also a little museum and gift shop at the end to enjoy.
Written September 7, 2020
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windsgroup
Monroe, NJ682 contributions
Short Self Guided Visit
Aug 2020
We were visiting Portsmouth, NH. The museum was on our way downtown. There was not much to the self-guided walkthrough of the bunk room, engineering spaces, and other interior spaces while listening to some of the stories about how this class of submarine prepared for the development of the current Los Angeles and Virginia submarines to date.
Written August 20, 2020
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Bsypek
10 contributions
Great experience!
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a great sight to see while in portsmouth. The museum is set up and well organized for the corona virus pandemic. Groups are well spaced out with markings on the exterior walkway as well as several hand sanitation stations located along the route. Masks are also needed to enter. Volunteers are located throughout to provide information and guidance.. My 3 children really loved it! Lots to see and touch. Its incredible how these submariners lived in the cramped conditions that they did. They are truly heroes!
Written August 14, 2020
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Tom C
Westminster, MA23 contributions
A hidden gem in the Portsmouth area
Aug 2020
I have recently returned from a social distancing driven “vacation” to a fellow “safe state” and have a lot to say about several restaurants and venues. This review is for the U.S.S. Albacore Ship and Museum.

I am a serious history buff with an immense interest in military history. It is a passion that is shared by my children in varying degrees. So, it was only natural that we would visit a naval museum less than two miles from our hotel. I was a bit worried about how the experience would play out with Covid-19 restrictions, but the staff have done a great job of keeping it safe, educational, and fun. I highly recommend setting aside an hour or so to visit this historic ship.

Many of the decommissioned submarines available to tour nowadays are diesel electrics from WWII. The Albacore represents the bridge between these subs and the nuclear boats of today. She was designed and built to test the shape, control surfaces, and ships systems that would be incorporated into modern submarines. Like nearly all museum ships the Albacore is cared for by volunteers, some I would guess from her former crew. Unlike many of these ships the Albacore is in splendid condition on her interior with details that other subs have had stripped out.

She is not a large sub, comparatively speaking, so exploring her interior does not take very long. It is a self-guided tour of the “press the button for an explanation” type with color commentary recorded by former crew. It held my younger children enraptured. My thirteen-year-old son said it was the best thing he had ever done and his favorite part of the vacation. He had been to Battle Ship Cove in Fall River five or so years ago so it gives a good indication of the grade and age the Albacore really sparks an interest in strong enough to want to listen to all of the narrative.

A few fair warnings. The hatches are designed to hold back tons of water and allow young, fit, agile, sailors through them! Still at 5-10, 250 and with arthritis in my right foot knee and hip I managed. It can be challenging not impossible. Just be aware. Also, you cannot enter a compartment that has other guests due to Covid so your pace can and will be dictated by the group in front of you.

A trip to the USS Albacore is worth every penny. It is one of those hidden gems I am very glad we discovered.
Written August 13, 2020
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nono3332011
West Henrietta, NY7 contributions
great history
Aug 2020
Was very informative. Great audio tour, gift shop and museum. The people working the site were very friendly
Written August 5, 2020
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