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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
09:30 - 16:00
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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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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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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"

Thank arf24
Portsmouth NH
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Suzan H
Salem, New Hampshire
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank JANE H
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Amanda226
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

Thank Robert K
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69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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.

Thank texas7jf
Rye, United States
2 reviews
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.

Thank albertc358
Milford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We took our 8 and 5 year-old girls to the sub on a cold Saturday morning. The tour is self-guided. We had a fun time checking out all of the compartments and listening to recordings explaining the functions of the sub. It was definitley a unique experience.

Thank Patrick S
Worcester, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We visited the USS Albacore Museum this past Saturday. What a great hands on Museum. My boys 10 and 12 really enjoyed viewing this piece of history. It is a mostly self- guided tour where you get to go onto the submarine and see what it was like to be a crew member. There are audio boxes that give information... More 

1 Thank JBEAU2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Really enjoyed this. You can go through entire submarine from stem to stern. Went in December of 2016 and it was cool and overcast but warm in the submarine. The 2 of us were only ones aboard. I'm 6'1", wide and 60 years old but managed to go through each of the watertight doorways. Just move slowly. There are several... More 

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