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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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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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Great chance to view a sub on the inside

Right off I95 in Groton. Small informative museum and a sub you can tour. The sub has steep stairs so it is not suited for small children or people that have problems walking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Right off I95 in Groton. Small informative museum and a sub you can tour. The sub has steep stairs so it is not suited for small children or people that have problems walking. Even if you do not tour the sub the museum building is worth the stop.

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Thank Peter S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really interesting and well presented history of submarine development and use in the United States (and to an extent beyond). High quality exhibits. Nautilus sub is a cool chance to go on a submarine.

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Thank Graeme D
Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Seeing the Nautilus was one of the reasons I wanted to visit this area in the first place as my Dad had come here years before and told me about it. It did not disappoint. I love exploring old ships and subs as you really gain an appreciation for all our servicemen do, and you learn a lot of cool... More 

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Thank StackyMaryland
White Plains
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took our 6 year old son here to see the Nautalis and was so impressed with the surrounding museum and all the historical items and displays. The tour is self guidednc that's just fine. You can read descriptions of all the items and the sub has a listening device with a narrator explaining each area. Touring the sub was great!... More 

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Thank Robin K
Osceola, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

No admission but you can make a donation and should because this is a wonderful bit of history you should see. The museum features US submarine history with displays covering that topic. Lots to see inside but the highlight is the nuclear sub Nautilus which is permanently docked here for you to tour. They give you a little handheld audio... More 

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Shelton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not only is this museum free, it is very educational and informative for all ages! You can go inside a submarine with an audio tour that goes in depth about the parts of the ship, but not necessary as it is self-explanatory. While we were inside the museum, there was an announcement about an incoming submarine. We were able to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As a history buff, I was excited to visit. As a father with four kids in tow, I was unsure how the visit would go. I am happy to report that everyone enjoyed themselves and we all learned a few things. First, its closed on Tuesday so don't go then. Second, its free! There is a donation box but no... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During our recent trip to Mystic Seaport, my husband and I visited this museum in nearby Groton. It is directly adjacent to the New London US Naval Submarine Base and is free to the public. The main building is dedicated to the history of the US Submarine Force and contains artifacts and documents tracing the development of the submarine and... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting side trip. The self guided tour of the Nautilus is very good. The man on board the ship was friendly. The self guided tour of the museum is a little confusing. I had to keep calling the number given to get the audio portion. It would be better to offer the same thing as on the... More 

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Bella Vista AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hats off to the Navy for giving us the opportunity to share in the submarine history and to be able to actually walk in the bowels of the Nautilus (not handicap accessible and very confined). There is no admission charge and donations are appreciated.

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