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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  • It was very interesting to see the first nuclear submarine up close. It was more spaceious than other submarines I have visited. The self-guided tour in the sub takes about 30–45 minutes, which I thin...  more »
  • Good for kids of all ages Some hands on. Real life type experience. I understand helpful changes have been made since we visited.  more »
  • I hadn't been to the Submarine Force Museum in over 20 years and was extremely happy to see the expansion and improvements that have occurred since my last visit. They've got information on everything...  more »
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  • This museum was a lot of fun! Very interesting facts and figures, plus the tour of the Nautilus itself. The only thing I would add is some updated information from the present and a more interactive experience. Other than that, very entertaining.
  • Very interesting, comprehensive history of both submarines and the sailors in them. We weren't able to visit the submarine itself though, and there was no warning or notice about it being closed on the website. Free parking and visit, with a tip jar in the front
  • Great museum and free admission. Not too big but all the exhibits are interesting and well done. Should take you an hour to see most of it.
  • Excellent museum with much to see and very knowledgeable guides if you wish to have a guided tour. Or tour on your own.
  • Such a great museum for it being free. It took us 1.5 hours to get through but we did not watch the 50 minute movie.

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