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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  • There are basically three elements that come together to make this place special. First, there is HUNLEY herself and her restored artifacts on display. Second, there is quite a bit of background exhib...  more »
  • This was a really interesting tour. We learned a lot about the people involved with the submarine, such as the people who built it and manned it and learned about how it works. Overall, it was really ...  more »
  • See the listing under “Warren Lash Conservation Center” for more on the Hunley. Defiantly worth the trip if you’re into Civil War or Maritime History.  more »
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  • It was just incredible. So humbling!! Thanks so much to all who made the exhibit possible. A Friend of the Hunley!
  • Really nice Museum with a fascinating relic of the Civil War. The tour guide was most helpful and answered a lot of questions on this submarine.
  • Great history lesson that we knew nothing about. If you're in the area be sure to go to this attraction.
  • Great history lesson. Can see the submarine which is being worked on in a tank to preserve it. Has a tour which gives information on the history of the Hunley and what happened that night. Still up for debate on what actually caused it to sink and the staff gives their theories and you can form your own and even vote on the three most popular theories. Can tour the museum after the tour or before.
  • Wonderful experience seeing the Hunley in person. Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. His narrative was interesting from start to finish. Not only do you learn about the restoration process, but you also learn alot about the crew onboard and the war.

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