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“Great Museum”

The Submarine Force Museum
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Groton
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Owner description: The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of submarines.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

As a history buff, especially military history, I love museums like this. There are many great exhibits, topped off by the opportunity to tour the USS Nautilus. The museum covers the history of the submarine force and is well laid out and informative. Don't miss the opportunity to learn a bit and to touch a piece of history (USS Nautilus).

Visited July 2014
Thank Hal G
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North Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Can't say enough”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

This by far is one of the best attractions all ages can visit and enjoy. As stated free parking and admission, the displays are awesome. 3 working sub telescopes, I was like a kid with all 3 and didn't want to leave them. the sub was interesting however during high volume times you are rushed due to the people behind you always moving forward not allowing enough time to take it all in. Thanks to the Veterans on site ready to provide additional help and information. Overall the whole experience educational and historical was great.

Visited July 2014
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Yonkers, New York
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Interactive Museum”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

A nice museum that explains the History of submarines. Children get to flip switches and controls,look through periscopes of different height for children's eyes and lots of other goodies. The coup d'etat was to go in a real submarine that is submerged in the water. Watching movies like "Das Boot" or "The Hunt for Red October" cannot compare to the real thing. This submarine is named the Nautilus after Jules Verne's book "20 Thousand Leagues Under The Sea." The first Nuclear submarine built in the states. It had all the latest technology of it's time. Even air conditioning. It would be interesting to compare it with a sub from today. I believe there would be more space since the technology has shrunk. The museum has free parking and free entry.

Visited July 2014
Thank MrsMP_12
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Kelso, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A look at history”
Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

I stopped here on my way to Mystic Pizza. It was a Thursday and the pizza of the day is scallops and bacon. Great pizza, but this is about subs. I am a little bit of a history buff, especially of military things. This is a unique museum with the USS Nautilus as the main attraction but not the least. The is lots of stories and pictures as well as diagrams of the submarines that have been in service. Touring inside one of the ww2 type subs before ( USS Lionfish) and now the first nuclear sub USS Nautilus shows the development changes. Bigger,faster and safer, and not to mention lethal. The museum is free and open all year. It has a small gift store with books, coffee mugs and stuff. Tourist stuff, I bought two books a mug and a beer glass :-). Just a big tourist kid I am. Well worth the time to stop.

Thank Darsik1
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Belleville, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Museum and Nautilus Sub Rocks!”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a great smaller museum on the Submarine Forces and the USS Nautilus submarine. It is completely free and free parking. The grounds are well kept and very beautiful. As you come in there are two big circles be sure to read the captions on them and then you will understand. The museum has lots of displays and a very cool periscope room that you can look through an actual periscope. There are even scopes at kid height. After I viewed the museum I went outside to board the USS Nautilus and you can tour the ship. Be prepared you must get through several small hatchways and if you don't like close places this tour might not be for you. The ship has a free personal audio system so you can have a self lead tour but with my personal knowledge of subs I skipped using it for the most part. I had a great tour and highly recommend this celebration of our sub forces

Visited July 2014
Thank Mike S
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