The Submarine Force Museum, Groton

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The Submarine Force Museum offers self-guided tours with a chance to learn about the history of submarines and their role as part of the U.S. Navy. Climb aboard the USS Nautilus--launched in 1954, the Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Before it was decommissioned in 1980, it cruised under the ice of the North Pole, participated in NATO exercises, and joined in the naval quarantine of Cuba. The Nautilus offers self-guided audio tours. The museum houses a collection of smaller submarines, including a Japanese midget submarine (plus related items, such as periscopes), and a large library featuring a collection of books, documents, and photographs relating to the development of submersible crafts. To visit The Submarine Force Museum and get the most from your holiday in Groton, create itinerary details personal to you using our Groton trip planner .
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  • I didn't really visit the actual museum, I did the audio tour of the USS NAUTILUS. It was interesting to see how Navy men lived when the sub was operational. The audio tour is self-guided so you can g...  more »
  • This museum is small. Though it’s very interesting. You get to tour inside the submarine. It’s a self guided audio tour. The space inside is cramp, I guess just like in a real submarine situation. So ...  more »
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  • One of the best museums I've ever visited. It's also 100% free. The main attraction is the historic USS Nautilus which is the first nuclear powered submarine which you get to board. You're given a digital audio device for a self-guided tour. It's kind of cramped but being 6' 5" I was able to move around easily though. It may not be for all young toddlers due to the steep stairs and maneuvering through a few hatchways. However almost all kids would find going on a submarine cool.
  • This museum was so much more interesting than I expected it to be. Tons of information. And I'm claustrophobic, so I was hesitant about going aboard. While I could never serve on a sub, there was more space than I expected. It was fascinating to go on the actual sub and to talk with men who have served on submarines. (We visited in May 2017 and loved it. I wrote this memory, but forgot to post it until now.)

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