H. L. Hunley, North Charleston

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    History lesson on the first submarine to sink a surface ship in war. Warship sunk was Union vessel, submarine involved was Confederate. Event could be either successful or unsuccessful from your point...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    I wasn't sure about this attraction when my husband mentioned it but I'm so glad we visited. While the actually Hunley itself is a little tough to see, its the story that makes this attraction so incr...  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    I've always been fascinated by the story of the H.L. Hunley submarine. We also visited Magnolia Cemetery, where all three crews of the Hunley are buried. Yes, two crews perished in the Hunley before t...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    This is a must see museum for anyone interested in the Civil War and courage of those who fought. Fantastic to see the actual artifact and the process of preservation. Surprisingly even my wife, who has no interest in this sort of things, was asking the guide questions, and left with a book in her hands. Wow!
  • January 27, 2017
    Very cool living history. This is a 150 year old submarine that is being actively restored, so every time you go is a different experience. The guides are extremely knowledgeable volunteers, so they're passionate about the exhibit. The museum has come a long way and is highly interactive. There's something for kids and adults, provided you're into 150 year old war submarines. Parking is probably the easiest you'll have anywhere in Charleston.
  • June 5, 2017
    The tour guide was great. My husband and I learned a lot and really enjoyed it. My kids, ages 4 and 6, had a tough time, however. They liked the museum but we're bored on the tour.
  • June 18, 2017
    The knowledge of the guides was awesome. The center needs to be here for future tours. The reason why I say this, is because I work in this field and it provides the interest to future youngster to want to be in this field of work.
  • March 20, 2017
    Our Scouting troop went on a Friday for a private tour. If you are a Civil War buff. You need to go. What great history. The staff is fantastic and are great to answer questions. Book a private tour during the week. Its is worth it!

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