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USS Albacore Museum
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

While in Portsmouth we drove by the USS Albacore and decided to pull in just to take a look. We eventually decided to buy tickets to go inside, more so to support the museum. However I was really glad we went in. It is a self guided tour but along the way there are kiosk where you can hit an audio button and get a little information on the ship or section you are in. We went through and really enjoyed ourselves. Lots of great photo opportunities as well.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Who isn't fascinated by life in a cramped tube deep beneath the sea for days or months at a time? Although the Albacore's mission was more of an experimental prototype for all other submarines, it was an impressive and necessary project for our naval preparedness. From the outside, the Albacore looks like something to take a quick picture of and move on, but the $5 tour is well worth it! The interior of the sub is as complex as the human body with all its tubes and wires and endless gauges and switches and valves and claustrophobic living spaces. There are red buttons to push for a narrated tour, beginning outside the sub at the propeller field and the entrance ramp, continuing throughout all the compartments of the sub, and ending at the exit ramp. The narrations all contain first person anecdotes from men who sailed on the Albacore, which lends a personal touch to the automated tour. There is a small museum inside the main entrance building, as well as a gift shop. The Albacore spurs the imagination and enhances our admiration for those who served aboard her. Who needs yoga, when you are forced to maneuver the tight spaces aboard the vessel? We visited as a time-killer before meeting family for dinner, but it ended up being the highlight of the day! We owe homage to the great history bequeathed to us. A good place to render such homage is the USS Albacore in Portsmouth.

Thank Debra C
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

My 9 year old son was sold as soon as we said submarine, but even the 13 year old daughter said "Cool" by the time we left!

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This was a very interesting attraction. My family and I went down to Portsmouth for a day and this was one of the best things in the area. If you are tall, then it might be a little challenging to get through the submarine, but it's worth it. There are many rooms and lots of machinery as you should expect on a submarine. Its cool to be able to go to a vessel that was used in World War 2. I learned a lot on the audio tour. It would be nicer with a personal guide, but it's just as good without one. There are some tight spaces that you have to squeeze through, but then you have to remember that its a submarine. Very nice attraction though. Take a tour if you have 30 minutes and nothing to do.

Thank Milesw1029
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Accomodates both a fast walkaround or a detailed walk around. Good parking, signage and access paths/bridges. Quite a story as to how it was placed; visit their website.

Thank PeterNMI
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