Submarine Force Museum

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The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the “Silent Service” from David Bushnell’s Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines.

Originally established as “The Submarine Library” by Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in 1955, the Submarine Force Library and Museum soon gained respect for its archival and research value. In April 1964, the entire collection was donated to the Navy and relocated to the Naval Submarine Base, New London, Groton, Connecticut. The name “Submarine Force Library and Museum” was officially adopted in 1969.

The museum’s collections include more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 significant documents and 30,000 photographs. With so many holdings, the displays change frequently and a return visit will be a new experience. The 6,000 volume reference and research library is a world-renowned collection relative to the history of U.S. submarines and is open to anyone looking for information on submarines or submarine history.

The Submarine Force Museum and Historic Ship NAUTILUS Virtual Flash Tour

Submarine Force Museum 

One Crystal Lake Road

Groton, CT 06340

P. 800.343.0079

W. Submarine Force Museum

Museum Hours of Operation

Museum Summer and Winter Hours of Operation

Summer Hours

Winter Hours

May 1 – October 31

November 1 – April 30

9am – 5pm Wed – Mon

9am – 4pm Wed – Mon

Closed Tuesdays Closed Tuesdays

We are CLOSED on all TuesdaysThanksgivingChristmas and New Year’s Day. We are also closed the last week of April and the first week of November for upkeep.

Admission 

FREE

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School and Youth Group Trips

School and Youth Group Field Trips

Historic Ship Nautilus and the Submarine Force Museum, located adjacent to the Main Gate of Naval Submarine Base New London, is the Navy’s official submarine museum. The museum’s primary exhibit item is the Historic Ship NAUTILUS. NAUTILUS is the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine and the first ship to go to the North Pole. It is a National Historic Landmark and Connecticut’s State Ship. The submarine is open for visiting by the general public, and is suitable for children of all ages.

The Submarine Force Museum Informational Virtual Tour

The Submarine Force Museum opened in 1986, and contains the nation’s finest collection of submarine material. The exhibits interpret submarine history from Bushnell’s Turtle (used in the Revolutionary War) to today’s modern nuclear-powered vessels. The museum library serves as the repository for the records and history to the U.S. submarine force. New books, photographs, and documents are being added daily. The library is open to researchers on weekdays, except Tuesday’s in the winter only. The museum completed an project in April of 2000, which provides the museum with more exhibit space, a larger gift shop, a 71-seat theatre, a classroom and a new research library.

Historic Ship NAUTILUS Informational Virtual Tour

Aboard NAUTILUS, experience first-hand the thrill of being a submariner as you walk the decks that made Naval history: the world’s first nuclear powered vessel, first ship to go to the North Pole, and first submarine to journey “20,000 Leagues under the sea.” Explore the spaces where the crew of this amazing ship worked, ate, slept, and entertained themselves on their long voyages far beneath the ocean’s waves.

 Family Trips – Please click on Information above for details

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  • Francine9CT

    Hello, I am a middle school history teacher new to the CT
    area. It is hard enough changing school districts but changing state is a whole
    new ball game. I am taking the summer to get acquainted to the area and what it
    has to offer trip wise to enhance the in class learning experience. So far this
    site has been very helpful in many ways but this museum in particular was like
    finding a jewel while walking down the street. I tried it out on my nephew last
    week during his stay with me. It was absolutely fascinating being there and
    even more so how much of the information about those times in history he
    retained because of the trip. Now, that to me that is better than gold.

  • Francine9CT

    Hello, I am a middle school history teacher new to the CT
    area. It is hard enough changing school districts but changing state is a whole
    new ball game. I am taking the summer to get acquainted to the area and what it
    has to offer trip wise to enhance the in class learning experience. So far this
    site has been very helpful in many ways but this museum in particular was like
    finding a jewel while walking down the street. I tried it out on my nephew last
    week during his stay with me. It was absolutely fascinating being there and
    even more so how much of the information about those times in history he
    retained because of the trip. Now, that to me that is better than gold.