H.L. Hunley Submarine, North Charleston

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Built for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, H.L. Hunley Submarine 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. Add H.L. Hunley Submarine and other attractions to your North Charleston trip itinerary using our North Charleston driving holiday planning app.
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  • Was excited to visit before coming to Charleston and was not disappointed. A ten minute drive from our hotel was part of the adventure. The building is well marked. We were greeted when we entered....  more
    Was excited to visit before coming to Charleston and was not disappointed. A ten minute drive from our hotel was part of the adventure. The building is well marked. We were greeted when we entered....  more »
  • Fantastic museum and very knowledgeable volunteers! Make sure you said hi to Bruce and ask him any submarina related questions. He is a genius! 
    Fantastic museum and very knowledgeable volunteers! Make sure you said hi to Bruce and ask him any submarina related questions. He is a genius!  more »
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  • Definitely an interesting visit. About 2 hours seems like a good amount of time. When we were there a volunteer shared the story and I think that helped. You definitely want to make sure you hear the story live or from the video booth before you see the submarine. I think I would have lost interest the other way around.
  • Visited with the grandkids - 8 to 11 years old. Great learning experience for them. The staff/volunteers were really great answering their questions and interacting with them. Bought tickets in advance but it was not necessary.

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