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On February 17, 1864, the H.L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history when eight men entered an experimental vessel with a mission to sink the USS Housatonic. The Hunley successfully rammed her spar torpedo into the hull of the Housatonic, causing the warship to sink within minutes. After completing this momentous feat, the Hunley crew signaled their success to shore but then never returned home.

That night, history was made. At the same moment, a mystery was born. The Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship. But why had she suddenly disappeared? What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found?

After being lost at sea for over 130 years, the Hunley was located in 1995 and raised on August 8, 2000. The submarine was brought to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, South Carolina where scientists continue to work to unlock the mysteries of the Hunley. The submarine was in essence a time capsule, holding a wide array of artifacts from the nineteenth century.

Come visit the Hunley and be part of this historic event! Tours include actually seeing the Hunley in her conservation tank, artifacts found on board, including Lt. Dixon’s legendary gold coin and a newly renovated interactive exhibit area, including the official Hunley gift store. many Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for military and seniors, $12 for members of Friends of the Hunley, $8 for youth ages 5-17. Reservations can be made in advance at or by calling 1.877.4HUNLEY (1-877-448-6539).
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North Charleston
Coastal & Islands
1250 Supply ST,
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 743-4865
Info & Amenities
DIRECTIONS TO THE HUNLEY LAB From I-26: Take exit 216-B, Cosgrove Avenue North. At the 3rd traffic turn left onto Spruill Avenue. At the next light, turn right onto McMillian. Proceed through the entrance to the Old Charleston Navy Base.
Adults $16; active/retired millitary and senior $14; Friends of Hunley members $12; students 6-17 $8; 5 and under free
Adults $16; active/retired millitary and senior $14; Friends of Hunley members $12; students 6-17 $8; 5 and under free
Checks Accepted
Civil War
Days and Hours of Operation
Sa 10am-5pm; Su noon-5pm; last tour at 4:40pm, facility closes at 5:30pm; arrive 15 minutes prior to tour
Days and Holidays Closed
Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
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Seniors, Active Military and Friends Members get $2.00 off