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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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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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I took my 8th grade SC History classes (41 students) to see the world's first submarine to sink a warship. They were amazed at how small and how modern the submarine was built... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took my 8th grade SC History classes (41 students) to see the world's first submarine to sink a warship. They were amazed at how small and how modern the submarine was built. Our tour guide Carl Schneeberger was outstanding. He is a former US Navy submariner and answered all my students' questions. The story of the Hunley and its... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an excellent museum commemorating one of the first submarines that actually sank a ship and learning about it's development, tragic testing, and it's location and recovery after almost 140 years. If you are a Civil War buff, this is a must see!

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Belford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So glad we had the opportunity to see this Civil War artifact. The entire facility is informative and tells the story of the Hunley from construction to restoration. I was a little disappointed at the difficultly obtaining pictures of the Hunley in it's salt water bath, but understand the necessity so that someday all can see her up close and... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hunley Tours are offered only on weekends, as conservators work on her during the week. The guided tour was excellent. The exhibits contained lots of good information about the submarine’s history and recovery.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved every moment of this tour. There was so much to see and to learn. To be standing beside the first submarine used in war was amazing. Great passionate docents!

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Harrison, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very interesting if you love history and Civil War the work they are doing is totally unbelievable and the guides are very helpful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 9 January 2017

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.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

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 

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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.

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