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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. For H. L. Hunley and beyond, use our North Charleston trip itinerary maker to get the most from your North Charleston vacation.
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  • After many years, we revisited the Hunley facility and had a wonderful experience there. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The museum is quite interesting.  more »
  • We visited the Hunley because the Civil War was a favorite subject in our family. It is amazing to see the sub and the progress that has been made in the restoration. The guides are knowledgeable and ...  more »
  • This amazing exhibit tells the story of how a group of pioneering people built a submarine to counter the blockade of Charleston harbor by Union ships. This is not only a tale about the amazing conser...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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