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H. L. Hunley

Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Last minute decision

Entry price is high. Perhaps they need funds to keep the attraction open. Nevertheless the story... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alvaro H
Huntersville, North Carolina
Not to be missed!

Even if you have no interest in the Civil War, submarines, or naval history at all, you would still... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Greensboro, North Carolina
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  • Excellent69%
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The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864 with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After making world history, she mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, she was finally found in 1995 and then raised from...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
+1 843-743-4865
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 May 2007

First off, I'm amazed that it seems the Hunley isn't already listed as an attraction in its own right. When we went to Charleston recently, both our walking tour guide and our hotel concierge told us not to go to Ft Sumter because it is...More

12  Thank trickykid1
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 October 2014

I have been waiting 15 years to see the Hunley since it was raised up. I finally got the chance last Saturday. Note, you can only go on the weekends. I was so excited. I bought tickets for the 2 PM tour. I got there...More

8  Thank JudySingleton
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Entry price is high. Perhaps they need funds to keep the attraction open. Nevertheless the story is very interesting. A submarine in the American civil war? Yes, and the telling is fantastic. A delightful experience!

Thank Alvaro H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Even if you have no interest in the Civil War, submarines, or naval history at all, you would still be amazed at the fact that you will be within several feet (+ water!) of the oldest successful combat submarine in existence and how the sub...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing and so much history ... amazing story and technology for the day ... you can reach out and see history ... didn’t know until we found it and stopped!

Thank texaskruegers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Hunley Sub museum and was very impressed with the amount of details that were displayed in such an arrangement that was made eye catching and easy to understand. There were many things to read that were enlarged so reading glasses were not...More

Thank Pathfinder728241
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Off the beaten path - but worth it. What an interesting place to visit and tour. It's amazing to think of the ingenuity of war time and privately funded war vessels, but there it is. It tells a great story of the human spirit and...More

1  Thank TigerHeart25
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in October and the number of visitors was low. We had a small group in our tour which was great. The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and did a wonderful job. Exhibits were very informative and well done. We all agreed it was a...More

Thank Northernillgirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After years of wanting to visit the H.L. Hunley, I finally had that wish come true. Wow. What a sight. It is so difficult to image men working in such difficult conditions, but it is so worth seeing it up close. I really enjoyed the...More

Thank JRachel95
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is worth a stop even if this isn't your area of interest as the history is well worth learning. Truly these men who were the first to participate in this crazy idea of a submarine were in my opinion hardy souls and or either...More

Thank Retiredhappytravelor
Reviewed 13 October 2018

So much for waiting for years and driving a great distance to see.We were not allowed in at around 12:30pmon on Saturday, although not busy, as they were apparently expecting a private tour group but that we could maybe get in at 3pm.. I wish...More

3  Thank Paul R
Reviewed 9 October 2018

This stop has been on my husband's bucket list for a while and it didn't disappoint. We will definitely go back as they add more artifact displays and do more research on the sub.

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20 May 2018|
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Response from TrishA4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You are separated from the Hunley by a glass wall to protect you from the fumes of the fluid it is being soaked in as they continue work to preserve it. Would recommend no flash or you’ll get a glare. Enjoy!
Kate V
24 February 2018|
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Response from AnneMarie E | Reviewed this property |
The HL Hunley is only opened on Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 pm and Sundays noon - 5 p.m.
William S
24 April 2017|
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Response from JPMato | Reviewed this property |
Uber or possibly a bus. It's located in an industrial area that's roughly halfway between the airport and downtown. An Uber shouldn't cost very much.