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The Submarine Force Museum

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Address: 1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton, CT 06349-2300
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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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The USS Nautilus was launched on Jan. 21, 1954. This was our first Nuclear powered sub. The Nautilus shattered all submerged speed and distance records. On April 20, 1986... read more

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Palm Bay, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The USS Nautilus was launched on Jan. 21, 1954. This was our first Nuclear powered sub. The Nautilus shattered all submerged speed and distance records. On April 20, 1986, Nautilus opened to the public as part of a submarine museum. Obs! They are closed on Tuesdays. They open at 9am every day. Free admission. Enjoy

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see. The submarine is massive. You should have some agility in order to move around in the submarine. Lots of history. Pretty cool activity. Must see.

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Thank Vetskidog
Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum it self was small but very interesting. The highlight is touring the sub which was incredible and amazing the conditions they lived in. Will say that I am glad we took our backpacks and stroller back to the car because you have to go down incredibly steep stairs and thru the man hole hatches to get thru the... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit only one museum on submarines, this is it. The worlds fist nuclear submarine is open for free tours. In addition, there are non-rushed guided tours; you are given an audio device (free to borrow) that plays at each station in the submarine. You can stop and stare at all the buttons and dials as long as you... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Submarines are a constant fascination to me and everyone else and Groton is the submarine's home port. The museum is exciting and really gives you a feel for what life on a submarine is like....... believe me; I served on a Cold War missile sub and this is the real deal.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a museum that we've wanted to visit for quite a while and were happy to finally get the chance. It's an informative place. And that prototype for the original submarine is a must-see - if only to see how we got to these huge submarines from that little thing - and how long there have been 'boats' underwater.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The displays are informative and entertaining. Actually walking through a real sub is very interesting. The museum is next to a sub base, if a sub is going out to sea from the base, they sound an alarm so you can go out and watch it go by. We got to see a Los Angles class sub go out. The... More 

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Thank Beth M
Torrington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have any interest in naval history, this museum is a must-see. You will be able go aboard the US Navy's first nuclear sub. Loads of other exhibits as well. Kid friendly.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure to watch the 45 minute video, go in the Nautilus, and talk to the docents (mostly former navy).

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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Submarine tour was awesome. Museum has hands on items. My daughter was 9 when we went. Nice to go on a nice day...no rain. We saw a submarine in the water w guys standing on it as we were there.

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