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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

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 1 week 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 2 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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Whittier, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

some how I missed this we stopped to see the USS Nautulias SSN571 and get my flag flown there but I mnissed meusum site very weill worth the trip my Grandsons enjoyed a chance to walk around and see things Highly worth the 45 minutes we spent there great history lesson for kids combine with the sub and the trip... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

only a short drive from Mystic this exceptional museum is located just outside of the actual submarine base.....as a Navy veteran I wanted very much to learn about the history of submarines and I was not disappointed....The museum is free but donations are gratefully accepted......I highly suggest a visit here if you are in the area...you can also visit the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing museum we have been several times. Worth a two hour stay. Lots of information and memorabilia. Love crawling through the Nautilus. Fun gift shop. Great to go with out of town visitors too.

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Sykesville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Very thorough. Run by volunteers and current submariners on shore duty. Outstanding tour of Nautilus.

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