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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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St. Clair, MI
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Kelso, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I stopped here on my way to Mystic Pizza. It was a Thursday and the pizza of the day is scallops and bacon. Great pizza, but this is about subs. I am a little bit of a history buff, especially of military things. This is a unique museum with the USS Nautilus as the main attraction but not the least.... More

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Belleville, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a great smaller museum on the Submarine Forces and the USS Nautilus submarine. It is completely free and free parking. The grounds are well kept and very beautiful. As you come in there are two big circles be sure to read the captions on them and then you will understand. The museum has lots of displays and a... More

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63 reviews 63 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is an impressive museum to visit. It also helps to have a navy man with you! Our nehpew provided so much backround detail and was so patient in explaining all the aspects of a submarine and its inner workings along with the camaraderie that you have with your fellow sailors. Being able to enter the Nautilus is also amazing.... More

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