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“Great adventure and learning experience”

USS Albacore Museum
Ranked #5 of 76 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle.
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great way to learn about our early modern submarines, and see what life may have been life on these vessels, museum building also has some interesting information.

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"self guided tour"
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"real submarine"
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"tight quarters"
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"subs"
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"memorial garden"
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"crew members"
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"naval history"
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"submarine tour"
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"unique experience"
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This museum is outstanding for anyone who wants to get a feel of what life on a submarine feels like, or for anyone interested in modern Naval history or the history of the Seacoast area. The highlight is the bow to stern walk-through of the submarine itself with push-button audio featuring members of the crew describing experiences at the stations you are at. I enjoyed the view through the periscope, which was clear and brought distant objects from across the Piscataqua River into sharp focus. For me, a don't miss "hidden gem" is the small museum that is through the doorway in the gift shop / ticket area. A lot is packed into a small space, with scale models of submarines built at Portsmouth though the years, stories, photos, and videos from intriguing historical moments...an enthusiast could spend several hours poring over the details in the museum alone...and everyone will be happy they ducked in to check it out.

Thank dctraveler1996
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

So long as you can handle tight spaces you’ll love this place! Amazing to live the history. I did freak out about halfway through because of claustrophobia, but it’s an easy exit ;)

Thank Myles E
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

What a great little place! My children loved being able to get inside and explore - they went through the sub twice in fact. Super friendly folks working and engaging as well. Not a spot you'll spend a lot of time at, but we were there about 45 minutes or so and got it all covered. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Great place.. really gives you a perspective on just how small a submarine is. Living conditions are tight..one can only image the noice equally unpleasant. Isolation, odors.. tough life. Respect for submariners

Thank thratko
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