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Address: 1250 Supply Street, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone Number: +1 843-743-4865
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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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This attraction is worth the visit. The staff is extremely knowledgeable not only about the Hunley but SC history. A trip worth making.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
SusanReece
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This attraction is worth the visit. The staff is extremely knowledgeable not only about the Hunley but SC history. A trip worth making.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though this place is only open on Saturdays and Sunday's, I highly recommend checking it out. You won't be disappointed to see history in the making on your next visit.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we first arrived we were whisked away for the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Sometimes it was hard to hear him, however. Seeing the actual Hunley was difficult as it was down in the preservation tank. The tour was about 40min long. The short movies in the museum and interactive displays targeted the young children well. We... More 

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Winchester, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The story of the Hunley is very interesting. Nice museum and nice tour. The sub itself is in a tank undergoing restoration.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extremely well done interpretation center with a view of the ongoing preservation of this important piece of naval history... North or South, it is an important part of our history...

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Leesburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just got done checking out the H.L Hunley and I was quite impressed on what they've done with it. They're still "working" on the submarine but yet they've built a small museum around it and put it on display without really doing so. I learned a lot of good information that I never knew so it was a good experience.... More 

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I were on our way to Hilton Head, SC & had some extra time, and had wanted to see the Hunley, so stopped at the museum. We hadn't gotten tickets ahead of time, but were able to be with the first group of the day. The museum itself is very interesting, I was a little disappointed that... More 

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mt pleasant, sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only place you can see the first submarine which sunk a ship! It is awesome how they are trying to preserve this vessel. The historical significance of this submarine is huge. Your entry fee helps to preserve this piece of history of naval warfare. The museum also has a mockup so you can sit in it and try your... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was too expensive for what we saw. My father in law is hard of hearing and the guides didn't have a way to amplify their voice. The pictures for the ads to don't match the experience

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought that the Hunley Submarine was actually located near downtown Charleston but it was a 20-minute cab ride north of the city to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. There is no public transport to get you there so unless you're driving or taking a taxi it’s not the easiest place to get to on the at the old Charleston... More 

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