H. L. Hunley, North Charleston

Built for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, H. L. Hunley was the first undersea vehicle to sink a ship. During its career, the submarine sank three times. The last time left the Hunley at the bottom of Charleston's outer harbor until its recovery in 2000. At the museum, see a replica of the submarine along with artifacts found inside of it. Consider joining a guided tour through the exhibits to learn more about the sub's history and conservation. Head to the conservation laboratory near the museum to see the recovered wreckage inside a tank of water. You can book your tickets online in advance. Walk-up tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out how to plan a trip to North Charleston, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • We took two of our grandchildren, boys 11 and 13 and they really enjoyed the group tour and learning about the restoration of the submarine and the history behind it. They especially enjoyed sitting i...  more »
  • They have done a great job (so far) of restoring the ship. The story is fascinating! Can’t wait for the day when you can look at it up-close.  more »

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