After a successful attack on the USS Housatonic, a Confederate enemy ship, on the night of February 17, 1864, this US ... More
HL Hunley Submarine
After a successful attack on the USS Housatonic, a Confederate enemy ship, on the night of February 17, 1864, this US submarine mysteriously disappeared four miles off Charleston Harbor along with her eight crewmen. The HL Hunley Submarine was discovered over 135 years later with the help of modern technology. It has since been raised and is in the process of conservation in a 90,000-gallon tank at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center on the grounds of the former US Navy Base. The crew was ceremoniously buried at Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery. Visitors can view the actual submarine, artifacts and documentaries. There is a small gift shop.
We had no trouble getting in (we were a party of 2). The museum guides were all friendly and well-informed, full of little stories you would never hear elsewhere. They did a good job of showing just how cramped all those people were inside, and how dedicated they were to their cause. The tour groups were well organized, and there was no waiting in long lines, etc. The little display areas are well worth spending time studying, as they give a glimpse into the lives of those lost.
If you got turned away how can you evaluate the museum? Also noted, the website very clearly states that tours to the public are only available during the weekends "so scientists can continue their work preserving..." Unfortunately, I am not able to tour the Hunley because I will not be in town during the weekend. This is my fault, not the fault of the museum. Way to pass the buck....
To actually look at a piece of history...the bars that these brave soldiers turned to get to their destination...I was in awe...LOVED IT!! Would recommend it to everyone! As for it only being open on weekends, you should ALWAYS check operating hours for ANYWHERE you are going...shame on you for missing a great place!!!
All these advertisements to "see the Hunley", and none of them can be bothered to mention that it's only open on weekends! And don't bother showing up in a group smaller than twenty people, because they will turn you away. A priceless piece of American history, painstakingly recovered, and now it's the worst museum I have ever seen!
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