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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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  • This is a fascinating lab/museum with a genuine Civil War submarine. The tour and visit was a highlight of our trip. Learned interesting history about people and events from the Civil War. Guides very...  more »
  • Truly enjoyed this exhibit. The staff very informative, lots to see. I love history so this just fit my bill. Afterwards even went to Magnolia Cemetery to visit the graves of the men who died in the H...  more »
  • Very great place to visit. Fascinating history and a lot of information and this tiny submarine! If your a history buff this is the place to visit! Highly recommended!!!!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • This was a great place to visit. It is still being worked on, so it is great to see the process of restoration while it is happening. There is a well documented historical section, as well as a section that talks about the restoration that has already taken place. The staff are very knowledgeable, and were able to answer all questions. This is a place that would be good to visit multiple times over the years, as new discoveries are being made, and it is possible to see the progress of the restoration. It was well worth the trip off the freeway to visit
  • A great experience walking through the submarines. Amazing to see how tight the living quarters were. Although it seems like highly efficient use of the space. Walking through takes one to a different era.