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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 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Experience with History

The museum and tour detail an important aspect of not only US, but world naval history. Through interacting with an extremely knowledgeable staff, visitors acquire a deep... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum and tour detail an important aspect of not only US, but world naval history. Through interacting with an extremely knowledgeable staff, visitors acquire a deep appreciation for the trials and tribulations of submarine technology and warfare. Visiting the Hunley in its current location while it is undergoing restoration provides for a unique and memorable experience.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Learn the history of the H.L. Hunley before you go. It is well worth the trip out to the warehouse to view the Hunely. You also learn how the restoration work is done in addition to the history of and discovery of The H.L. Hunley.

1 Thank cstewartDallas
Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seeing this civil-war submarine and the restoration efforts, and learning about the history was fascinating and informative. But you can't get really close (the sub is immersed in a caustic solution to reverse a century of rusting), and the former navy personnel who lead the tours (you can't go in unaccompanied) are so full of themselves and their special club... More 

1 Thank T9-Orca
Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Nice tour of museum and surrounding areas . Would love to see everything city has to offer. Please stop by and see what Charleston has to offer. Lots of history in the city.

1 Thank Karen H
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Interesting museum with some nice touches to break up the historical facts tedium. The tour guide was really great, both in knowledge and entertainment. The highlight was, of course, the Hundley itself in its water conservation containment. However, your view was not great as you could only review it from the top and the tour guide had to move you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

If you have any interest in the Civil War or History, this is a great place to visit. The museum gives tons of info if you have no previous knowledge but it also continually updates info if you have visited before. I have visited 3 times and each time there is something new to learn.

1 Thank Ashley28806
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

A beautiful recovery and loving restoration of this sub. A wonderful experience. Guides were knowledgeable. You feel the experience.

1 Thank Susan W
Palm Bay, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Very good if interested in history and the civil war. Other things in in Charleston are civil war related and tours are beneficial to be informed as to where you might want to return alone for more and deeper exploration.

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Belton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I was so anxious to finally see the Hunley- it was amazing. The story is filled with twists and turns. An incredible historical artifact that is being carefully restored for future generations. Our tour guide Paul was a wealth of knowledge. We didn't rent a car and easily took Uber from our hotel.

1 Thank Siobhan L
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The entire tour took place in a large room that was roped off in sections. There was nothing to see besides the actual submarine which was submerged in murky water and behind thick glass. We could hardly see it at all. Basically we stood in the same place for 45 minutes and listened to the guide talk.

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