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USS Albacore Museum

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Address: 600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3361
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+1 603-436-3680
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served...

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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Experimental 1952 Sub in Drydock since 1985

Interactive speakers outside and inside the ship. In the visitor centre is a video of how they got the sub from the river to the display location. Small museum and also gift... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Interactive speakers outside and inside the ship. In the visitor centre is a video of how they got the sub from the river to the display location. Small museum and also gift shop on the grounds. Tour of the old sub very interesting and can be a hands on experience. Well worth the cost of admission to see one of... More 

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Lincoln, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016

Easy access to the highway and plenty of parking. The hands on feature for the kids is great. I could see when it gets busy it would make it hard to visit this attractions. You are basically walking inside a real sub in very tight quarters having to wait for the people in front of you to move on. On... More 

1 Thank Bridgenet
Seymour, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

I found a flyer at our hotel about this place and decided to give it a try. It was well worth the visit. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The submarine tour is self guided and the audio stations provide excellent information. The memory garden is a beautiful reminder of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. I would highly recommend... More 

1 Thank Paul W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We stopped her by chance on our way from ME. Beautiful historical site. The grounds are well maintained. It is clear the men running the visitor center really care. The price is incredibly reasonable for a family of 4. The sub was amazing. Kids loved the hands on experience. Parents enjoyed it also. Only thing is we picked the hottest... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 21, 2016

The first thing you see it the submarine. This is a magnificent beast! The best part is you can go into the sub, and feel the cramped living the sailors had to endure. I have been multiple times and I never find it dull. It is a truly amazing piece of history. Also Portsmouth is right there for dinning and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

We spent about an hour touring the sub -lots of buttons and knobs accessible to the kids. Really liked that the tour was self guided and you were free to touch and explore. Good value $14 for a family of 4 (2 adults/2kids)

1 Thank Kelley E
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2016

There are many tours of old conventional subs around the coast, but this tour of a nuclear sub is both unusual and extremely interesting. The first thing you notice is the thickness of the hull where they have cut a door to access the boat! You get to wander around and see most of the boat, which is good. Make... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2016

We stumbled across the Albacore when looking for a stopover on our drive from Maine to Masachusetts. It is excellent- a chance to clamber through a submarine and touch and pick things up. A facinating story too, of an experimental submarine that determined the shape of the modern submarine fleet.

Thank Neil B
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is the submarine that was used as a test platform to test a new hull shape and it revolutionized submarines. It's fun to walk through the boat but it will be difficult for people with limited mobility to make it through the water tight hatches. Kids, however, have no problem.

Thank Peripatetic_Engineer
Kingston, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2016

Saw the flyer on the USS Albacore & my grandson wanted to see it. We went & walked through the museum which has some real nice things to look at & they sell some nice things as well. Walking through the USS Albacore though was a highlight! To see an actual submarine & then get to walk through it was... More 

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