On June 4, 1944, a German submarine known as U-505 was prowling off the coast of West Africa on a hunt for American and Allied ships, when depth charges from the USS Chatelain blasted the dreaded U-boat out of hiding.
It was the end of a violent run for U-505, which had terrorized the Atlantic Ocean as part of a massive U-boat campaign that almost altered the outcome of World War II.
The Museum of Science and Industry invites you to step inside the real U-505—the only German submarine in the United States, and, now, a national memorial to the 55,000 American sailors who gave their lives on the high seas in WWI and WWII.
On-Board Tour: Walk Through History
Board the U-505 Submarine, the actual craft that stalked the waters of the Atlantic before it was blown to the surface and captured on June 4, 1944. Complete with dramatic lighting and sound effects, the tour lets you experience life aboard this sub firsthand in the days leading up to her capture.
The guided on-board tour is an optional visitor experience. The U-505 Submarine exhibit is included in Museum Entry. The on-board tour can be selected as part of an Explorer ticket package, or with a special discount for members.
A limited number of timed tour tickets are available for the exhibit each day. Those interested in taking the tour are encouraged to purchase them in advance online, or by phone at (773) 684-1414, prompt 4. Otherwise, the Museum recommends planning to visit early in the week (Mondays and Tuesdays are generally best) and early in the day, preferably before 10 a.m.
The tour is approximately 25 minutes long and includes a brief introduction and question-and-answer session at the conclusion. Ample stroller parking is available at the sub entrance. Tours begin every 15 minutes.
Note to parents of young children: this tour discusses and briefly replicates the wartime conditions on a submarine, including mention of casualties and some sound effects.