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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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H.L. Hunley at Warren Lasch Conservation Center

I've always been fascinated by the story of the H.L. Hunley submarine. We also visited Magnolia... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chris M
via mobile
Interesting musuem

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Granby, Massachusetts
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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank sar8158
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this exceptional exhibit -- we learned a great deal about not only early submarine warfare but quite a bit about the exceptional bravery of the men who fought with this boat. A recent analysis may have solved why the boat sank: the...More

Thank robcurtross
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We never heard about the Hunley. Very, very educational. Great history lesson. Our guide was knowledgeable and funny. Plan to spend about an hour and a half or more if you want. Amazing what the restorers have done and what they have left to do....More

Thank tipijo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We reserved our tickets online three days before our tour. At that time there were plenty of spots available, but when we got there our tour was completely booked up, so reserve ahead of time. It is a bit out of the way. I don't...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour itself is quite short but you do get to see the actual ship in its conservation tank. There is a good deal of background information included in displays and there are kid-friendly exhibits as well.

1  Thank Over_the_Peak
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Get the tickets. I had shivers seeing the sub and the museum exhibits are fabulous. You can sit inside a replica and turn the crank for the propeller. Educational in all the best ways. Great for kids.

1  Thank Marshall H
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Be aware that the Hunley is only open for tours on the weekends. We visited on a Saturday and it was very crowded, but we were able to get on a tour within 10 minutes of arriving. Guide was very knowledgeable about the Hunley and...More

1  Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

The story of the discovery of the sunken submarine and its restoration is almost as compelling as its last mission. Museum is only open a few hours each week. Definitely get reservations for the tour before you go- it was a 2 hour wait to...More

Thank Lisa S
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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.