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H. L. Hunley

1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
+1 843-743-4865
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A Charleston Must

Not a Civil War buff myself, but knew my husband would thoroughly enjoy this. Surprisingly, so did... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
Good facility, excellent history

Allow about 1-1.5 hrs for this trip. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The exhibits outside of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jennifer B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
+1 843-743-4865
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not a Civil War buff myself, but knew my husband would thoroughly enjoy this. Surprisingly, so did I! The docent was very knowledgeable and did not rush the tour group. I was awestruck listening to history retold while viewing this unbelievable artifact. The museum was...More

Thank JudyB306
Reviewed 1 week ago

Allow about 1-1.5 hrs for this trip. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The exhibits outside of the research facility are well designed and engaging. The actual Hunley is hard to see because it is in an acid tank, however there are plenty of pics to...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is not easy to find....even with GPS. Keep looking, definitely worth the time. Seems we've never had the time to go here as we're usually with out of town friends being hosts. So glad we went. I learned so much about how painstaking...More

Thank Milt R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived as the museum tour opened on the morning on a Saturday. Be advised you can only see the actual submarine on the weekend as the researchers are working on it during the week. Very interesting tour and information. Allow an hour

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour guide was outstanding. His knowledge of the submarine in the history was exceptional. Would highly recommend this facility and tour.

Thank Tom W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History lesson on the first submarine to sink a surface ship in war. Warship sunk was Union vessel, submarine involved was Confederate. Event could be either successful or unsuccessful from your point of view. Enemy warship sunk, but submarine and crew lost in the process.

Thank John S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wasn't sure about this attraction when my husband mentioned it but I'm so glad we visited. While the actually Hunley itself is a little tough to see, its the story that makes this attraction so incredible. So many theories about what happened and if...More

Thank Traci H
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

I've always been fascinated by the story of the H.L. Hunley submarine. We also visited Magnolia Cemetery, where all three crews of the Hunley are buried. Yes, two crews perished in the Hunley before the third voyage, when they sank the USS Housatonic on 17...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Small but very interesting . Go on the tour you get to see it! Friendly staff, free parking. Gift shop.

Thank sar8158
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

I first went to see the H. L. Hunley shortly after it arrived at its current location many years ago. It's still exciting to me to see this piece of American more importantly Southern history. I highly recommend a visit, you'll also see not only...More

Thank Theroyals2013
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William S
24 April 2017|
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Response from JPMato | Reviewed this property |
Uber or possibly a bus. It's located in an industrial area that's roughly halfway between the airport and downtown. An Uber shouldn't cost very much.
11 June 2016|
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Response from Dakota2037 | Reviewed this property |
Basic cost is $16. Varies. Only open Sat. & Sun. Check website for lots of info.
6 January 2016|
Response from Allan A |
You will have to sign in for a time, so some time will depend on the crowd. The tour is maybe 30 mins, but the museum and displays will take additional time. I would plan on an hour and a half just to see it all.