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The Submarine Force Museum, Groton

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 550+ 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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  • Not a military guy, but really, really enjoyed and appreciated this museum. Not overly large, this museum provides a nice amount of information and displays and does it in a way very easy to understan...  read more »
  • I always visit this museum when I am in the area and spend the entire day. But then I am biased because I am the engineer that did the installation and check-out of the torpedo firing computer that is...  read more »
  • The museum and submarine were very well organized. You'll learn a lot by visiting this place. If you're in the area you must visit this museum. 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • We really enjoyed our visit. Stayed all day in fact! Really interesting going aboard a real nuclear submarine. How often do you get to do that? Great museum with lots of information. The only negative I can think of is that we couldn't see the powerplant or propulsion area of the submarine (it is still considered classified). Everything is free!
  • Nice place to go to get a deeper understanding of submarine development. Some cool features like periscopes that go up through the roof and a mock control room. It's all free, so you can't beat the value.
  • Great museum. Loved going in the submarine under the water
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