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Address: 1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
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+1 843-743-4865
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Fantastic day at the Museum

The museum is not all that easy to find but definitely worth the search. This fantastic piece of history, the Hunley submarine, is in an interesting museum down by the docks... read more

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is not all that easy to find but definitely worth the search. This fantastic piece of history, the Hunley submarine, is in an interesting museum down by the docks. The interpretative staff (Thank you Carl) brings the Hunley to life and you really must take the tour, After or before the tour there are several videos to watch,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Please, visit this memorial. The Friends of the Hunley go to such great care to make sure your visit is worth your while. I had goosebumps the whole time. What an incredible site to see.

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Henderson
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband is an avid Clive Cussler fan and I teach American History... so where else do the two passions blend so well??? The Friends of the Hunley museum! So so awesome to see the Hunley! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable! A must see for any history buff!

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I returned with the grandchildren after 10 years since the last visit. It was well worth it for me as well as them. They are 15 and 13. The exhibits and tour have been substantially upgraded over the years. This is a first class place for history buffs. The tour guide , Dave , was exceptional and knew his stuff.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my 8th grade SC History classes (41 students) to see the world's first submarine to sink a warship. They were amazed at how small and how modern the submarine was built. Our tour guide Carl Schneeberger was outstanding. He is a former US Navy submariner and answered all my students' questions. The story of the Hunley and its... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent museum commemorating one of the first submarines that actually sank a ship and learning about it's development, tragic testing, and it's location and recovery after almost 140 years. If you are a Civil War buff, this is a must see!

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Belford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we had the opportunity to see this Civil War artifact. The entire facility is informative and tells the story of the Hunley from construction to restoration. I was a little disappointed at the difficultly obtaining pictures of the Hunley in it's salt water bath, but understand the necessity so that someday all can see her up close and... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hunley Tours are offered only on weekends, as conservators work on her during the week. The guided tour was excellent. The exhibits contained lots of good information about the submarine’s history and recovery.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved every moment of this tour. There was so much to see and to learn. To be standing beside the first submarine used in war was amazing. Great passionate docents!

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Harrison, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very interesting if you love history and Civil War the work they are doing is totally unbelievable and the guides are very helpful

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