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The Submarine Force Museum

1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06349
800-343-0079
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Groton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Wed - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of submarines.

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North Shore, MA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
46 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My husband and I visited the US Submarine Force Museum last summer. The museum is packed with exhibits that offer much detail. As I am not well-versed in naval history, I sometimes found it difficult to understand the context of a particular exhibit (for me, it was lost in the detail). I also could find no particular order to the... More 

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

USS Nautilus was the first nuclear submarine launched in 1954. It was also the first one which reached to the North Pole! Clearly it has a great historic value. The presentation, the museum, the gift shop - everything is cool. For its surroundings and the submarine itself, has tranquilizing effect for history loving people. Kids also deserve a visit to... More 

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America
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11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Much to see here. Attraction combines a tour of the USS Nautilus, the US Navy's first nuclear powered submarine as well as a wonderful museum building filled with artifacts from the history of submarines and the people who served aboard them. Information about the Nautilus is well documented throughout the vessel but a minor drawback is accessibility for the handicapped.... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is well worth a trip to Groton. Very well laid out museum and lots of cool stuff to see and touch. It is free too! Good gift shop, movies, free audio tour devices (including on your phone! and friendly staff, The casinos are a short ride from here. Make a day of it!

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Mount Union, Pennsylvania, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Well, what can I say. IT's one thing to visit a museum, but something else when something is on display from a submarine you were attached to for a couple of years. The Missle Muzzle hatch on display is from USS Sam Rayburn SSBN-635. The museum is top notch, and the tour of the USS Nautilus, our first nuclear submarine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I can't believe my family and I have not gone here before. Nieces and nephews loved it. The adults and teens a like had a great time. It is a small museum but it packs a punch! it includes wide exhibition of submarine history. It takes about and hour and a half to get through. Will be telling friends and... More 

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Gales Ferry, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

If you are interested in anything about the Navy or submarines, or even if you just like museums, you will love this museum. It's excellent!

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Groton, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Very interesting and historical! Good for adults and children alike. The submarine tour is the highlight but there is a lot of other things to look at and touch. All around nice experience.

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North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I was looking forward to this stop on my way to Rhode Island. It didn't disappoint me at all. I looked forward especially to touring the Nautilus. The museum had a lot to offer especially about the evolution of the submarine. The staff at the museum, the gift shop, and at the Nautilus were very friendly. Due to time constraints,... More 

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Telluride, Colorado
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31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This museum is a short drive from Mystic, CT where we were staying. Besides the fun and interesting tour of the Nautilus, the museum building also has a lot to offer. There are a couple of films, as well as two stories of displays. We stayed a couple of hours, and could have stayed longer, but ran into closing time.

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