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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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Very interesting piece of history

Our family loves museums and found this one to be a gem. The entry price was a bit high (around $25 ea) but it's going to a great cause--restoration of this submarine from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family loves museums and found this one to be a gem. The entry price was a bit high (around $25 ea) but it's going to a great cause--restoration of this submarine from the Civil War era. It's laid out well for groups. You can stay and look at displays as long as you like, but the tour to see... More 

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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

H. L. Hunley is located at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, on the old Naval Base. It is not in the best part of town, but do not let this deter you from visiting though. Once at the research facility you will be treated to an amazing array of exhibits depicting this portion of the civil war.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Civil War was not very civil, nor was it just the titanic struggle between two implacable enemies armed with muskets and bayonets.....this conflict stimulated scientific development just as every large conflict does. This war stimulated the development of submarines and the CSS Hunley was the peak of that development. Observing the actual sub resting in its pool, seeing the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group visited the Hunley museum in Charleston and was comprised of 15 former cold war era submarine sailors and wives. Having heard of the Hunley raising and its history through news media it was honor to be able to witness it's history and technical efforts taken to raise, move and preserve the Hunley. Submarine sailors will especially appreciate witnessing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Where was the Hunley? Did they all die or escape? Would it ever be found? Some of those answers have come since the Hunley was gingerly resurrected from the sea after more than 130 years. The mysterious sinking occurred four miles off the Charleston coast. (Don't forget to visit the graves of the submariners at Magnolia Cemetery nearby. )The gold... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been members of The Friends of the Hunley for several years. They have a wonderful Oyster Roast every October at the Bus Shed in Charleston. If you are interested in Civil War history and navel history you will fine the exhibit very informative and interesting. The story of how they found the Hunley and everything they have found... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Hunley a few months after it open for viewing. It was exciting because it was new but there wasn't much to see, Now there are lots if informative exhibits about both the history of the Hunley and the scientific efforts to discover and conserve it's story.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the line can get long at times, the area where you wait has some great displays, including a mock-up (that appears to be life size, which is to say it is very small) so you can see what life would have been like in the Hunley itself. Then you walk along an area and see the work being done... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the tour. The guide was informative and friendly. The museum was packed with displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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