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Review of H. L. Hunley

H. L. Hunley
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We took our boy scouts to see the Hunley when we were in Charleston. The sub is great to look at, but you don't get much time to see it. It is submerged in order to keep it from deteriorating. The supporting exhibits are ok. This is a good place to take children grade 3 and up, doubt it would work well for younger children.

No photos of the actual sub are allowed. Not sure why.

1  Thank Ry A
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

You can see the full size model of the Confederate submarine Hunley without going to the North Charleston facility tour At 360 Meeting Street, the Charleston Museum has a model of the sub outside on the plaza. This was enough for our family as we could not fit in the tour at the Hunley facilties. This is free since its outside of the Charleston Museum.

1  Thank DeeDeeNC070
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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Great educational experience for boys aged 9 & 11. Highly recommend! For quality educational for all.

Thank finderat97
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The actual submarine is very cool, but the presentation of it via an enforced tour really detracted from the experience. They take groups in at set times to see the sub. They then give you only a few minutes to look at the actual sub, and then ask you to turn your back on it to listen to the tour guide give a long talk about the Hunley, its history, and the attack on the Housatonic. The talk lacked substantive information about the recovery and rehabilitation of the Hunley, another weakness. They also forbid photos of the Hunley. The Hunley is interesting and powerful, and worth seeing on its own merits, but the tour detracts from it.

3  Thank Jock W
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Not a history buff, this little funky to find museum gives it's best into the history of how this submarine came into existence, its' members, and it's purpous. This is not walking distance around downtown.

Thank jennybuttah
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