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The Submarine Force Museum

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Address: 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06349
Phone Number: 800-343-0079
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Description: The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits...
The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of submarines.
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History at its best

On a recent stay in Mystic we had decided to visit the Sub museum in Groton instead of the usual tourist spots in the area. If you like history its a great place to visit. Great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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medway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

On a recent stay in Mystic we had decided to visit the Sub museum in Groton instead of the usual tourist spots in the area. If you like history its a great place to visit. Great for couples and bringing kids for little or no money. The museum itself is free to public and that includes a self guided tour... More 

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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is a gem. And it's free! I took a guest who was visiting from the mid west to see this one of a kind museum. As we were finishing our walk through the Nautilus, an announcement was made that a ship was going out to sea. So we could stand on the deck of the Nautilus and watch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The submarine service is considered "the silent service" and requires persons of a somewhat rare nature. You probably won't hear much about it from those who have served. Visiting the museum is a great way to learn about their experiences. Climb aboard the Nautilus and witness firsthand how submariners had to live...fascinating. There are interactive displays, periscopes that work to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

great little museum outlining the history of U.S. navy submarines. I'm interested in military history, so naturally I found this place interesting. Exhibits ranged in content and subject. Their was an old timer vet who talked my ear off, I'm sure he would have given me a personalized tour if I asked him. museum was free for admission! to top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The Navy is nuclear today and this submarine was the first. My first Revel model kit as a kid was this sub. What a treat to tour it now. I wish it would have been more like to sub was when it was active instead of a stairway into the torpedo room that ruined to perspective of the room. But... More 

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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Just about anything you could want to know about submarines from the Bushnell "Turtle" up to the present day. The self guided tour of parts of the first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is the high point, but the museum includes a host of other fascinating items.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Free opportunity to walk through a retired submarine and learn some history about the history of submarine construction and use. Nautilus is moored on the river and next to the Naval Submarine Base New London, providing for nice views. Plenty of history and models of submarines and their crews from over the years. Easy to find off of I-95. Plan... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I loved it the first time and all the next times. I went when I was a boy and I took both my kids. And they loved it. This is an experience you most have.

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Central New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My wife and I passed the exit for the Submarine Force Museum many times while driving on I-95. We decided to visit this time to stop - it was a great decision. As someone who has some knowledge of naval history and submarine history, the Submarine Force Museum is not to be missed. There are exhibits about submarines from Bushnell's... More 

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New City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

An amazing visit, and on hand tour inside the USS Nautilus submarine. Once entering the submarine, a handheld device is given to each person and as one pass a designated numbered location, one would push the designated number and a voice emits explaining that location. Very informational and the sound effects give one a feeling of truly being there. Everything... More 

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