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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  • Having served in another branch of the military, all I knew about submarines was from old movies and an occasional documentary. It was fascinating to learn about their history and the significance the...  more »
  • The museum and library are right by the base, and because my husband is retired military, we drove through the base first. Not that much to see, but when we got to the museum, it was a different story...  more »
  • This was a place I had no idea existed, and I was glad to experience it when offered a tour of the area. The Nautilus is fascinating in its own right, and the museum taught me many things I didn’t kno...  more »
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  • Free admission and awesome stuff to see. Great for families. The staff is friendly and great with kids. The best part was going through an actual submarine. This is the coolest museum ever.
  • We did not have much time but going down in the USS Nautilus was amazing. The Museum is run by donations, which makes it a great stop for families on a tight travel budget.
  • This museum is a great opportunity to learn about the submarine force of the United States of America. It is amazing that the museum is free, so you really should take time to visit it. The highlight of your visit will probably be the self guided tour of the USS Nautilus, a nuclear submarine that was decommissioned in 1980. On the tour you get to see the torpedo room, the officer and crew mess and the control room. Take time to watch the video in the exhibit area as it is very informative. The other exhibits were also helpful in understanding the role of the submarine during the cold war.
  • Nice museum featuring history of naval submarine force. Best of all: FREE for all. Is located right off Groton base, so military ID not required
  • Free admission is a huge plus. Submarine tour, free movie, and museum makes this place the perfect afternoon visit. Only reason I took of a star is the amount of people that visit this museum with only one employee to do crowd control. Movie showings and submarine tours get extremely crowded with big families that don't typically make sure they aren't bothering anyone. Other than that this place is worth a visit in off hours.
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