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USS Albacore Museum
Ranked #5 of 76 things to do in Portsmouth
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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 29, 2013

This is a two year late review, but well worth the stop if your visiting Portsmouth, NH. This sub is a great experience for anyone who has never walked through a submarine before, like myself. To see all the engineering and technology that went into the sub back in the day it was designed was unbelievable. My wife and I stop by each and every time we pass the sub for a tour. It is well worth the minimal entry charge for a history lesson.

Thank Scooter105
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

This submarine is so much fun to walk around in. A self guided tour makes for a great experience. Take your time inside, press buttons to hear information about certain rooms or things. Kids love this place. FUN FUN FUN, worth a trip for something different!

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

The museum is kind of out of the way, but if you find it you will enjoy what it has to offer.

The entrance fee is minimal, and well worth the experience. Children will have a lot of fun climbing through the submarine and pretending to be the captain.

I would highly recommend taking the time to visit, with or without kids. Really good history with this museum.

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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.

Thank Travelbugsforlife
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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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