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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 16 attractions in Groton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of submarines.
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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

This is the place to come if you are interested in the history of the US submarine navy. Displays provide information on the development of submarines from the first man-powered sub during the Revolutionary War to the present day advanced nuclear boats. The museum is well laid out with plenty of room and light. There is ample equipment from old... More

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The submarine force made considerable contributions in both WWII and the Cold war and is still doing so today and all Americans need museums like this one to understand just what those men ( and now women) did and are doing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have visited this museum twice over the past few years and it was great each time for the adults as well as the kids. Unfortunately the Nautilus was closed the second time we went but there is a ton of other things to see and discuss with the kids ... Plus it is free!

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St. Clair, MI
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Free museum (donations accepted) manned by retired submariners and active duty seamen. All very knowledgeable and passionate. Great museum with tons of interesting information, stuff to look at, and stories to read. The USS Nautilus is docked there and you can tour a large part of it. Absolutely awesome...you should go there...

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Hayward, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The museum has a great assortment of artifacts, photos and displays along with a couple of movies. It's a great overview of the history of submarines and the accomplishments they have achieved. The staff was friendly and the tour through the Nautilus was fantastic, and it was all free. A great way to spend a couple of hours if you're... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My family stopped here on the recommendation of a staffer at the campground we stayed at during our visit to Mystic, CT. The museum was a hit! We were able to do a self-guided tour of a submarine and explore the museum. It was all very interesting and we loved it. There is no fee for admission although you can... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Love love the history and learning experience at the museum. We are homeschoolers on a budget and the face that we can learn all here for FREE is wonderful. We always make a small donation at the desk, but overall so much to do!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

As a history buff, especially military history, I love museums like this. There are many great exhibits, topped off by the opportunity to tour the USS Nautilus. The museum covers the history of the submarine force and is well laid out and informative. Don't miss the opportunity to learn a bit and to touch a piece of history (USS Nautilus).

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North Providence, Rhode Island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This by far is one of the best attractions all ages can visit and enjoy. As stated free parking and admission, the displays are awesome. 3 working sub telescopes, I was like a kid with all 3 and didn't want to leave them. the sub was interesting however during high volume times you are rushed due to the people behind... More

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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A nice museum that explains the History of submarines. Children get to flip switches and controls,look through periscopes of different height for children's eyes and lots of other goodies. The coup d'etat was to go in a real submarine that is submerged in the water. Watching movies like "Das Boot" or "The Hunt for Red October" cannot compare to the... More

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