USS Silversides Submarine Museum

USS Silversides Submarine Museum

USS Silversides Submarine Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles353 reviews
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Bob O
Milwaukee, WI238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
There are other good Marine museums on the Lakes, but this submarine is more accessible and the staff more knowledgeable. Plus they have two other retired Coast Guard vessels at this museum. Also, the LST museum and the Milwaukee Clipper are nearby, so you can spend an entire day exploring ships.
Written March 16, 2020
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Jethro1999
Grand Rapids, MI11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
What a great place to visit if you are a history buff or have an engineering related mind. It was amazing to see what we were capable of accomplishing from an engineering and technology perspective in the 1940’s. I could have spent hours in the museum and sub. Museum was very well laid out and worth the admission fee which goes towards keeping our history alive for younger generations to experience and learn from. Nice staff as well.
Written December 30, 2021
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veryuniquetraveler
NEBRASKA581 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Overall, an interesting and educational site to visit. Museum gave a good timeline of WWII. I didn't feel the museum itself did the best job of explaining any info about the ships on display. It's a good thing we watched the movie before touring the ships as it gave a lot of insight to what you would be seeing. You really need to watch the movie before touring the ships. They also have a coast guard cutter on display, but don't give you much info about it.
You'll have to look out for your own safety here, as they get a lot of visitors and hardly no one was wearing a mask. It is very tight quarters aboard the sub. I suggest wearing gloves when touring the ships as you will have to hang on to a lot of heavily touched areas to navigate about.
Tip -definitely go through the doorways sideways, it is much easier. This is not a place for people with mobility issues.
Written June 9, 2021
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momofnks
Ann Arbor, MI34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This museum was a great part of our trip. We were traveling with our 20 something age sons. The museum itself has strong exhibits of all branches, genders, and races of WWll service people. The submarine itself was impactful for even my veteran husband to witness, even after we have toured other subs in the past. Definitely a worthwhile activity for a Muskegon stay.
Written June 15, 2020
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pinnacle-project
Hudsonville, MI270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The museum contains a great deal of history that extends beyond what directly relates to the submarine. Anyone with even a little interest in American history should enjoy the experience.

The main event of course is the Silversides submarine. Before walking through it, be sure to watch the movie in the theater. Doing so will help you better understand and appreciate what you see when you walk through the submarine.

Also on site is a hundred year old Coast Guard cutter. While it may play a back seat to the sub, it is still very interesting to walk through.

Be aware, moving around on the sub and cutter involves climbing up and down very steep stairs (about 75 degree angle). Also, moving through the sub involves going through somewhat small hold doors (exactly like what you see in movies). Most people will have no difficulty but some will.

If you are in the Muskegon area, don't miss the opportunity to visit this great museum. You could squeeze in a visit in as little as an hour but 2-3 hours would be much better.
Written July 8, 2022
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dplatt_12
Muskegon, Michigan, USA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This ship is true break from Hollywood in that this was an active ship not a set. Touring the ship one can appreciate the sacrifices made. The living quarters are tight. The displays show not only locals who served but also a film of how the ship was loaded with tanks. There is plenty to see. The staff is friendly and helpful. This is a must see.
Written June 26, 2021
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ChinookRiver
Renton, WA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The facility consists of a 100 year old coast Guard Cutter, the WW2 submarine and a museum building containing quite a bit of naval history. I would advise you to watch the sub walk-through movie before walking through the sub. The sub itself does not have a lot of explanatory signage, so the movie s a big help in interpreting what you will see inside.
Written August 1, 2021
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Dawn M
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This museum exceeded our expectations. We were lucky to visit on the weekend and receive a guided tour of the submarine buy a submarine veteran. He spent over an hour showing us the boat, describing its history, and explaining the various equipment. The museum building itself is spacious and well designed, with tons of displays and information about world war II. We didn't even get to the top floor. For food nearby, we recommend Dockers restaurant just down the street.
Written June 13, 2023
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robertmcanally
Grand Rapids, MI3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The quality of the museum displays are good and the museum is clean and well organized. The museum is about WW2 but does have a focus on submarines. Many artifacts are on display and in great shape. USS Silversides is a gem that must continue to be preserved. I dislike war but the museum and the submarine are worth seeing.
Written July 24, 2022
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Pam B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We spent 3.5 hours touring the submarine, the cutter and the museum with our 2 teenage grandsons, aged 15 yrs. I suggest watching the movie first but the boys were anxious to get on the submarine. Every staff member made us feel welcome and answered questions. I took tons of pictures. All 4 of us enjoyed ourselves. If I could I would give more than 5 stars!!
Written March 30, 2023
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