Warren Lasch Conservation Center - H.L. Hunley Submarine, North Charleston

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Built for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, Warren Lasch Conservation Center - 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 Warren Lasch Conservation Center - 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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  • We saw the Hunley years ago and returned today; it's amazing how different the submarine itself looked with most of the concretion removed from the hull. Though small, the museum exhibits are...  more »
  • Hubby and I love history, so this was a no brainer. It is only open to the public Saturdays and Sundays. We stayed over an extra day to see it. You can buy tickets online for ease. It was our...  more »
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  • Since the CSS Hunley was found in 2000, the Warren Lasch Conservation Center has been dedicated to the preservation of this famous vessel. What happened to the Hunley after the attack? How did the crew die? How close was the sub to its prey when the powerful torpedo went off? The center has been exploring these mysteries for years. This is a really nice museum. They have replicas of the Pioneer and the American Diver (the first two experimental submarines built in the south, they have stories of their own). There are hands on tours of the museum, with very knowledgeable docents. Want to know what it is like to sit in the sub, you can do that. The boat is only 4 feet wide. You can get a feeling for the trials of the crew as they sailed off to battle in their own coffin. But the star of the center is the Hunley itself. It was a crude and dangerous vessel. Two crews died in tests and its final mission cost the entire crew its life. I liked the gift shop, lots of good books and souvenirs. I go to Charleston every couple of years. I never get tired of seeing the Hunley in its amazing museum. If you are a Civil War buff, or if you are just a curious soul by nature, this would be a great place to spend an afternoon.
  • This place is fascinating informative, and quite well done

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