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“Best submarine museum ever!!! A treasure and piece of history dockside in Cleveland.”

USS Cod Submarine Memorial
Ranked #8 of 189 things to do in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tour the submarine responsible for the sinking of nearly 30,000 tons of Japanese ships during WWII.
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Been on the Cod at least 12 times. Started going when the museum was fully accessible. Since then, parts of the museum have been sealed off with plexigalss to allow you to see in, and some things like silverware have been stored for protection from theft I assume. Lots of hard work by volunteers make this an incredible experience. Visitors must enter and exit through the original hatchways and climb up and down ladders. Kids love this, although younger ones have to be encouraged. Small kids, older people, and physically challenged may find it too difficult.
Children love climbing through the museum and being directly in history rather than a book or video. The somewhat musty smell is to be expected, but it's worth a little historic odor to be able to take a walk through history.
Been to the U-505 in Chicago. While interesting, it's a long line, through a hole in the hull, and with a tour guide. It's worth a visit to the U-505 to compare US and German subs, but the USS Cod is much better, and an amazing treasure in Cleveland. A must see! (PS- the museum is down the street from the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, toward the airport and has a small free parking area)

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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We toured the sub with our scout group on a cold October evening for the Halloween series. We thought it might be spooky but it wasn't really. The historians giving the tours did an excellent job telling great stories of the vessels life and times. The tour does require ladders and tight spaces but we managed it with our 6mo old and 9 cub scouts just fine. If you get clostophobic(sp?) you might have issue in a couple hallways but in general not bad. Wear old clothes or something you will need to wash when home as the smell of oil and grease does seem to get in your clothing a bit. The value of experiencing such history from WWII makes this a must see in Cleveland to be sure.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Have to admit I had as much fun as my kids did crawling all through this submarine. Like a walk back through history.

1  Thank Dave1243
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Good area,good easy access from expressways. Parking can be difficult. Always nice to piggyback trip with trip to other events and museums in local area.

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Ever been in a real submarine? It is very cool. It's also very hard to imagine just how the men were able to live in the incredibly small space! I had the good fortune to speak with a veteran who was visiting on the day I made my trip and it was fascinating to hear his stories about life on ship. For this veteran, the food was a highlight! The cook on the Cod introduced him to pizza and he said it is still the best he ever had. You have many opportunities to climb down in the ship, view through the portholes and look at the living quarters as well as the navigation area. I took my great niece and nephew and they had a ball. I highly recommend it.

1  Thank Lisa F
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