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USS Albacore Museum

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Address: 600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3361
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+1 603-436-3680
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 09:30 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served...

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.

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We visited the museum with our 2 young children. It's fantastic to find an exhibit where you're encouraged to touch things. Our 2 kids had a great time pushing buttons, flicking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the museum with our 2 young children. It's fantastic to find an exhibit where you're encouraged to touch things. Our 2 kids had a great time pushing buttons, flicking switches and using the controls. Also the audio clips selected by pressing the red button gave an interesting insight into the submarines life and operation.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I actually stumbled on this when I was lost and needed to turn around to get back to Portsmouth. It was such a great find! The shop was no longer open, but you can go inside the sub...that is just amazing! Wish I could have been there early. Just walking around the sub is amazing, the size is just immense.... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One doesn't get too many opportunities to board a submarine, so you should take the opportunity when it arises. The Albacore is a relatively small submarine, and wasn't used for combat, but it is fascinating to explore it and imagine what life was like on board. There are informative and interesting displays explaining the history and purpose of this vessel.

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Thank Joel C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Very interesting museum, you get to visit more of this submarine than others I have seen in similar displays. Friendly service and interesting displays in the visitor center. Don't miss the 15 minute video about how the Albacore arrived at it's current position "in a ditch on the side of a road"

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Portsmouth NH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I took my grandchildren to see this sub and they absolutely loved it. I appreciated the history. People were friendly and informative at the ticket counter. The tour is self led. I recommend it! The grounds are nice and you are minutes from visiting downtown Portsmouth as well.

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Salem, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

For just $7 a piece, three of us toured the U.S. ALBACORE in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I had wanted to go on this tour for many years. Every time we had driven by it, I kept telling my husband that I really wanted to go on this sub and check it out. Unfortunately, most times we were headed someplace that... More 

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

I was quite fascinated with the German submarine I saw at the science museum in Chicago, so was very excited to see another sub you can tour in Portsmouth! However, this sub is located in a sort of ditch in a park. The price is very reasonable to visit the museum and the sub. The man at the desk in... More 

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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Did a summer visit with the grandkids (5 and 7). You walk through the length of the sub and it's all self guided. Easy to get around. Kids can touch anything so they really enjoyed it. Easy parking and right off the highway. Lots to do in the area. Gift shop on site for souvenirs.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

So happy I stumbled across the USS Albacore. Very friendly staff that help convey just how special the boat and her men were. Self guided tour is very educational. Highly recommend.

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Rye, United States
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This is a self paced tour through an experimental submarine with information stations along the way. It provides an up close experience of the conditions submarine sailors of the era served in. I enjoyed my trip through the "boat" and recommend it to anyone with a curiosity. There is also a small museum in the building with supplemental historical information.

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