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Address: 1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
Phone Number: +1 843-743-4865
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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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Visit the H. L. Hunley and learn more details of the events leading up to the war that divided our nation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visit the H. L. Hunley and learn more details of the events leading up to the war that divided our nation.

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Glen Gardner, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For now its not exactly a chance to view the Hunley as it is a good history of its mission, discovery and recovery. When you climb the stairs to the tank that holds the Hunley you will be disappointed that the view is compromised by reflection of water and plexiglass. But I still found it worth the admission price. They... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This submarine was a technological breakthrough when invented and used in the Civil War. Before you go, it will help to view a good special about the Hunley with actors stuffing themselves into a tiny, sweltering place and manually operating the machinery. Remember: it's not for which government the sailors undertook their suicide mission but that American ingenuity is the... More 

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Willoughby, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In my opinion, the good points are: Several Good Exhibits including a reproduction of the "Pioneer" Submarine (precursor to the Hunley); Very Good Volunteer Speakers regaling us with Hunley's History. Shortfalls: The Hunley can only be viewed from the top platform, looking down in unlit waters. Very Very difficult to see as the water is not clear. I believe it... More 

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Thank dbaizel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is only on the weekends and learning about the history of the ship as well as the process to preserve it is amazing.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When you view the H.L. Hunley you can easily imagine the bravery of those several souls who gladly submerged themselves below the seas in an effort to fend off enemy attack during the bloody War of Northern Aggression or, as most Charlestonians note, the Recent Unpleasantness. Knowing the technology of submarines today, the sheer brilliance of the H.L. Hunley is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fiancé and I visited and did the guided tour. We got there a few minutes before our tour began, but had to wait for the next one since our scheduled tour had already begun. The museum and shop are very well displayed. Was a bit disappointed that I couldn't see the Hunley much due to the dark water tank... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative and interesting. The gift shop and display area was very cool, with the replica from the movie and a working display that you could turn the wheel was my favorite.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you remember its a laboratory and not necessarily a museum, you will have a very good experience. The Sub is in great shape but must be viewed from above. The history around story is very interesting The staff are very good at telling the story on your tour. Our family (2 kids 18 and 20) had a nice time!

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a huge civil war buff when I was younger I had known the Hunley story for a long time and knew when it had been found years later. Now was my chance to see it! It did not disappoint happy to say. Nice small museum with a tour guide explaining many things and answering questions. Its only open to... More 

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