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The Submarine Force Museum

Address: 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06349
Phone Number: 800-343-0079
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Ranked #1 of 17 things to do 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I visited the Submarine Force Museum earlier today. Very helpful and cheerful museum guide. The Museum is well laid out with clear explanations both for those who know little of submarine development and warfare, and for those with a military background. Unashamedly proud of their history and rightly so, A fascinating afternoon , the highpoint undoubtedly the tour of the... More 

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North Shore, MA
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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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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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