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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  • If youre reading this you probably know the history of the Hunley. So I'll skip that and just say I'm a museum hound and I was super impressed with this place. It is well laid out, super informative a...  more »
  • .......The Hunley Museum is very interesting because you can actually see the process of conserving important pieces of history. I was concerned that the two young fellows that I took would become bor...  more »
  • Great information about the history of submarines in warfare! A well done tour and great interactive displays.  more »
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  • This is amazing! I was visiting Charleston in 2000 when the Hunley was raised. It's fascinating to learn about what has been recovered 18 years later! The museum is only opened on Saturday and Sunday. I highly recommend seeing this piece of history. You do have to climb 19 steps in order to see the submarine. Not sure if there is an elevator. If you have problems climbing stairs, you may want to call to find out.
  • Great tour! Informative. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was interesting enough to keep my 9 year old son's attention. Loved it! I definitely recommend!!
  • My whole family, including a 6 and 9 year old, really enjoyed this. The museum is somewhat small but contains alot of information. You learn how the Hunley came to be and its story, the story of her final crew and what may happen in the future. You only see a few actual artifacts and, at this point in the preservation process, you can only see the submerged ship from above and from behind glass. I would have loved to have seen more but I totally understand why I couldn't and look forward to a time when that is possible. Its really very emotional to see the actual Hunley itself and know what happened to the people aboard her. Unfortunately, your time with the ship is limited. A guide takes you in to see it, tells you the story and then you can stay on the viewing platform only until the next group is ready to come in, approximately every 20-30 minutes. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Parking was available at the building. I would definitely recommend it and will return.
  • This museum of Charleston history is a must see! The exhibit is presented in an excellent fashion with pictorial and hands on displays. I was amazed that our 3 yr. old grandson loved the museum and was genuinely interested in the mini sub and wanted to hear all about the submarine. The inside tour is spectacular, you can clearly see the submarine and the step by step process it has taken to preserve the sub. I would highly recommend visiting this museum!
  • Amazing!!!! To see this more than 150 year old Confederate submarine in person is amazing. The tour guides are well informed and you learn the story behind the story. The museum is interesting. Be sure to visit historic Magnolia Cemetary where the Hunley crew is buried.

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