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Submarine Force Library & Museum

Activity Overview

The Submarine Force Library & Museum in Groton, Connecticut is the only existing museum operated by the U.S. Navy. Its most famous artifact is the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. The museum also contains over 30,000 other artifacts, including historic submarines, weapons, and photographs. If you're interested in naval history you won't want to miss this fascinating museum, especially since admission is free!

Things to Do

  • Explore the USS Nautilus, a nuclear-powered submarine that traveled under the polar ice cap to the North Pole during the Cold War and was used by the Navy until 1980.
  • View the full-size replica of Bushnell's Turtle, which was the first submarine ever to be used in combat back in 1776.
  • Take some time to look at the four midget submarines located along the museum's front walk, including a Japanese "Type A", which is the kind of submarine that was used to attack Pearl Harbor.

Submarine Force Library & Museum Insider Tips

  • Check out the museum's calendar in order to learn about upcoming events such as Science Friday programs, special guided tours, and more.
  • Feel free to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the scenic picnic area by the Thames River.
  • Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up submarine-related souvenirs and gifts before you head home.
  • When planning your visit, keep in mind that the museum is always closed on Tuesdays.

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