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Address: 1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
Phone Number:
+1 843-743-4865
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864...

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.

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Enjoyed The Lady Tour Guide, Interesting History

The claim to fame of the Hunley is being the first successful combat submarine. But the three attempts to operate it were a surprise to me. The comments the generals made are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jenny H
Columbia, Maryland
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Columbia, Maryland
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The claim to fame of the Hunley is being the first successful combat submarine. But the three attempts to operate it were a surprise to me. The comments the generals made are humorous. They have made this small entry in history as interesting and amusing as is possible, and they deserve 5 stars. Go see it! Entrance fee is worth... More 

Thank Jenny H
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting history of this Civil War warcraft. Never knew that the South had this much advance knowledge.

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Marietta, Georgia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

A one of a kind restoration effort that you can view in progress. The tour explains the early development of submarines and the deadly consequences to do so. You learn of the bravery and dedication of soldiers in the Civil War and the ongoing mystery of what might have happened to them and the ship. Stunning to see the actual... More 

Thank James W
Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My nephew and I visited this museum and tour last weekend. We booked the tickets in advance using their website. Well worth the price! The Hunley story is fascinating and the guides tell it well! The museum and seeing the vessel for itself will be something that I never forget. The technology used in the preservation efforts are phenomenal. You... More 

Thank Miskell1964
North Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Live in mobile, al. But the sub is in Charleston, s.c. Was possibly my only chance to view the first sub used in a war.

Thank Gregory G
Davie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you're not particularly interested in this type of history, you will enjoy yourself. So much time, money, and effort have gone into this endeavor. It's amazing to be able to see this artifact up close. Very reasonably priced. Spent about 90 minutes. If you have time, visit the nearby historic magnolia cemetery where the 21 crew members who... More 

Thank JPMato
North Palm Beach
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading about the discovery and raising of the Civil War submarine, we decided it would be good to visit the site where the relic is being preserved....this turned out being the highlight of our trip to Charleston. From the moment you are greeted by staff, you get the sense that every staffer has a personal vested interest and respect... More 

1 Thank Bryan B
Saint John, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see for Civil War history buffs and there are a lot of interesting artifacts. Our tour guide was very informative and the restoration and displays were fascinating. It was well worth the trip.

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Walterboro, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've wanted to go here since I was a teen hearing about it being raised. So I was thrilled to get to bring mine there 17 years later. That being said, I feel quite mixed about our trip. On the pro side, the place is beautifully set up with tons of information. I learned quite a bit there. There are... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Glad we took the time to see this and learn about the history. The displays were well done. Unfortunately, we didn't have the best tour guide. That's what you get when you have volunteers.

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