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The Submarine Force Museum, Groton

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
The Submarine Force Museum offers self-guided tours with a chance to learn about the history of submarines and their role as part of the U.S. Navy. Climb aboard the USS Nautilus--launched in 1954, the Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Before it was decommissioned in 1980, it cruised under the ice of the North Pole, participated in NATO exercises, and joined in the naval quarantine of Cuba. The Nautilus offers self-guided audio tours. The museum houses a collection of smaller submarines, including a Japanese midget submarine (plus related items, such as periscopes), and a large library featuring a collection of books, documents, and photographs relating to the development of submersible crafts. Plan to visit The Submarine Force Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Groton attractions using our Groton vacation trip planner.
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  • I learned so much in 2-3 hours and had a wonderful time touring the Nautilus submarine. Fun for all ages. Move along at your own pace. the 40 minute movie is how you should begin the visit. Makes you ...  more »
  • An easy and inviting place to spend an hour or two. Museum is well taken care of and interesting. Touring the Nautilus was the highlight.  more »
  • It's a fascinating half-hour, self-guided tour that seemed to be popular with the families who were there--all age ranges. Lots of interesting details.  more »
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  • You can’t beat the price of admission since it’s free! The submarine museum is a nice place to spend a rainy afternoon. The museum isn’t huge, but is very interesting covering the history of the US submarine forces from literally the birth of the nation to present. The exhibits are interesting but the real draw is the USS Nautilus which can be accessed from the museum. It’s a great way to see what life aboard a fairly modern submarine is like and a very unique experience.
  • Great maritime museum. My kids loved the statics out in the front of the museum and then all the hands on (ship's control station, periscopes and light up models) displays. Touring the Nautilus requires some effort with steep ladders and narrow passages, especially if you have carry a little one. I wouldn't recommend taking kids younger than 4 down on the Nautilus, but, that's up to you. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area!
  • Great stop to entertain the kids as a break from sitting in traffic during beach season on I-95. Interesting history of submarines.
  • Such a great place, you can go inside the actual submarine. There is a self paced audio tour.
  • The Submarine Force Library and Museum is a fantastic place to spend a few hours learning more about the "Silent Service". Not only are there great displays about the history of subs, but the USS Nautilus is available to board and tour. Everything is free, but donations are accepted.