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Feel what it was like to be a crew member!
Our guests have voted us a top-rated Charleston activity on Tripadvisor! A visit to the Hunley is the perfect destination for fun and educational activities for families. Here are just a few of the things you’ll see as you take a voyage of discovery with us …
- The real Hunley in her 75,000-gallon tank
- Artifacts found during excavation
- The legendary gold coin that saved the Captain’s life
- Facial reconstructions of the crew
- Climb inside a Hunley model and enjoy interactive exhibits for all ages
Here’s what our visitors are saying…
Our trip was AMAZING! The presentation of the exhibit is spectacular and the staff and volunteers were amazing and incredibly knowledgeable. I recommend this to anyone, historians and non-historians!
Amazing technology for the time and the bonus is the story of Queenie Bennett. Be sure to ask the guides for additional information.
The Hunley exhibit far exceeded my expectations. First, the staff are all incredibly friendly and eager to share their expertise and knowledge. And the highlight, the conserved wreckage of the Hunley herself is an incredible time capsule into the past. Highly, highly recommended.
Very educational and informative. Lots of information regarding the recovery and conservation efforts.
Dive Deeper into the Mystery
Learn more here about the fascinating discoveries emerging from the Hunley project. These articles will take you through the science of the past, today and tomorrow…
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WE NEED YOU TO HELP SAVE THE HUNLEY!
The Hunley became the world’s first successful combat submarine in 1864 and then mysteriously vanished. She was located in 1995 by New York Times best selling author Clive Cussler and was raised from the ocean floor in 2000. The Hunley was not only an important relic in Naval history but was also a time capsule holding a wide array of fascinating artifacts from the 19th century. We are working to save the Hunley, the artifacts found within and build a submarine naval museum where our nation’s story under the waves can be told for generations to come.
Standard Membership packages include: Annual subscription to The Blue Light Magazine, Discounted Tour Tickets, 10% Off Merchandise, Entrance to Annual Behind-the-Scenes Members-Only Tours, 1 Car Decal, and 1 Member Hat.
Will You Help Save the Hunley?
In 1995 Clive Cussler located the legendary submarine just off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2000, the Hunley was successfully raised and in 2001 an international team of scientists began the process of carefully excavating her contents at a high-tech laboratory facility in North Charleston. To complete this historic journey, we must depend on donations from those who care about history. Will you help?
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