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The Submarine Force Museum

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Address: 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06349
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+1 800-343-0079
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Wed - Mon 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Tour of the first nuclear powered submarine-the Nautilus.

It's a fascinating half-hour, self-guided tour that seemed to be popular with the families who were there--all age ranges. Lots of interesting details.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Kathryn F

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a fascinating half-hour, self-guided tour that seemed to be popular with the families who were there--all age ranges. Lots of interesting details.

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Groton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great place to visit and learn about Naval history. If you bring your smartphone you can listen to the different stories (in lieu of reading). It was also fun to walk through the sub but be mindful that if you get claustrophobic the quarters are pretty tight and the stairs are really narrow and steep. There's a lot... More 

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Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A superb look into the "Silent Service", its origins, its vital contributions during the Wars and the Cold War- and a chance to visit the world's first atomic sub, the fabled "Nautilus". A truly exceptional experience for all- and an eye-opener for anyone never having been aboard a sub. There are even captured German and Japanese mini-subs on display by... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As a former submarine sailor, the Nautilus is the trendsetter and made all of todays submarines possible. I hadn't been back to Groton since 1993 and to see the boat and all the sights and sounds were really enjoyable. This facility is a great way for the silent service to tout our accomplishments and let the people of our great... More 

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Lincoln
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the museum to be very informative. We were able to tour the Nautilus Submarine and get a feel for how cramped their quarters are. While we were touring the museum they announced that a sub was coming back to shore from deployment. We went outside and were able to see the sub with the sailors standing on top... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a special place for me, as a retired sub sailor I love this place. I rode the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) as a rider(not crew). The museum is a favorite place to visit when I have visitors from other countries. They always enjoy the visit. There is so much to see I always plan on at least a... More 

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Jackson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have any interest in submarines, past or present, this is a must see. If you have kids who want to look through a periscope, this is a must see.

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Gales Ferry, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

See history come alive. See how the men lived under the sea on long trips even under the ice. See it all in one place, Groton, CT.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Climbing on a real submarine and visiting it was a surprisingly very exciting and moving experience, for both parents and children. Even my 5 years old daughter was mesmerized. A lot of information, but not too much. A well balanced museum. A little too bit at the glory of the US army but that was expected.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

First of all... This is FREE! But that isn't the best part. The museum offers a great historical introduction to submarine history and evolution. The artifacts and film offered a very nice history of the subs. The self tour of the Nautilus sub was GREAT. I am not a big fan of museums that overwhelm you with placards of information.... More 

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