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The Submarine Force Museum

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Address: 1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton, CT 06349-2300
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 Submarine tour and lots of historical information

We had both driven past the signs for this for years and intended to stop there some day....and finally did. The 'guided' tour of the Nautilus Submarine was wonderful - at your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had both driven past the signs for this for years and intended to stop there some day....and finally did. The 'guided' tour of the Nautilus Submarine was wonderful - at your own pace with a personal audio guide - really gave you the feel for what life on board must have been like in such cramped quarters. the rest... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Made it there first thing in the am, wasn't overly crowded so we were able to take our time & absorb it all. Very helpful & friendly staff, the docent in the main building was very knowledgeable. While the exhibits are interesting, inside & out, most people are here to tour the Nautilus. You can get an audio device which... More 

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Seaville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I served over 4 years in the Navy on Destroyers but was simply in awe of the set up here. Brought back so many memories and stories to tell the wife as we toured. Simply awesome. Met some very interesting people (employees) there with great stories.

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Vernon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The main attraction here is the Nautilus. You are handed a device to listen to info on the various areas of the sub. You will feel how cramped it is. There are two films in the museum one runs 50 minutes on the history of subs and warfare. The other concerns the trip the Nautilus made under the North Pole... More 

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped at the museum with my 10 year old military loving son. We only had a short amount of time to visit but were able to see the exhibits quickly without feeling we had missed much. We made sure to spend the majority of our time touring the USS Nautilus. Both my son and I enjoyed our brief visit... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My children 6 & 9 years loved the museum and tour of the sub! It was a bit claustrophobic in the sub and as it should be! Really interesting and FREE! I highly recommend if you are in the area.

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Made a special trip to museum just to do something. We had all been on aircraft carriers but never a submarine. The sub there was the first nuclear powered sub and was the first to cross the north pole under the ice. A nice two hour visit. Kids really enjoyed the periscopes!

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You actually got to see more than at many museums (such as U505 in Chicago). The other exhibits in and out of the building are also interesting. The sailor who distributed the self-guiding headsets was knowledgeable about the submarine.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A variety of informative exhibits including a theater and the centerpiece USS Nautilus, the worlds first nuclear powered submarine. The submarine self guided tour with handheld sets providing narratives of each compartment includes original furnishings and equipment. You'll be amazed at the sacrifices made by these brave crew members. This is an opportunity to see world history firsthand!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OK Lots of reviews , Go 95 to Exit 86 -follow signs , straight in ( Do not go to pass line , thats for the Navy Base ) I had a great time inside the sub , have a hand held audio play guide by each station , watch you're head haha , narrow passageways , not a place... More 

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