The Submarine Force Museum, Groton

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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. To visit The Submarine Force Museum and get the most from your holiday in Groton, create itinerary details personal to you using our Groton trip planner.
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  • Fabulous place to visit and learn something new. Plus no admission here which is quite a surprise. Definitely worth a visit. 
    Fabulous place to visit and learn something new. Plus no admission here which is quite a surprise. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • Great displays -lots of information - family friendly lots of parking very helpful staff not all are handicapped Accessible lots of photo opportunities 
    Great displays -lots of information - family friendly lots of parking very helpful staff not all are handicapped Accessible lots of photo opportunities  more »
  • The Submarine Force Museum provides an excellent overview of US Navy submarine operations & technology from the past century. I've been to this Museum before, and it always had an excellent overview....  more
    The Submarine Force Museum provides an excellent overview of US Navy submarine operations & technology from the past century. I've been to this Museum before, and it always had an excellent overview....  more »
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  • One of the best museums visited in the USA. The museum has a very thorough history of submarines that can be appreciated by any age older than three, and by any educational level beyond pre-K. We noticed that both kids and adults were very engaged looking at the exhibits and vessels. Free admission. Free parking. Parking lot RV accessible. Competent docents and active Navy submariners to answer questions. CLOSED ON TUESDAYS. SEE WEBSITE FOR OTHER CLOSED DAYS.
  • This is a great museum. The exhibits were excellent and interesting. They detail the history of submarines and the crucial role they played in our military history. The self-guided tour of the Nautilus was also great. The audio device that was provided worked well and was very interesting
  • I try to go here once every summer; the tour of the Nautilus never gets old, and reading the documents and looking at the models is always fun.
  • Worth two days - kids had a blast! Check the movie schedule, and be sure to ask questions. Also - the guy at the welcome desk (entry) has served - they are a wealth of information and quite engaging. - THANK THEM for their service too!!
  • An interesting museum on the history of submarines, particularly in the US Navy. A film details the early submarines (from early gasoline to diesel/electric boats). It seems to hint that there is another film in the works that will likely talk about nuclear submarines. The museum is free and, with a tour of the USS Nautilus (docked right outside), expect to spend a couple of hours here.

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