“the only US Navy-operated sub museum”
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.
If you're a fan of military history, and in particular naval history, this is a must stop. Here you can tour the first submarine that was nuclear powered, as well as learn about the past present and future of the sub force. The tour of the sub itself isn't long. Maybe 30 minutes. They do give you a small audio player that fills you in as you go, and it's included with the free admission. There are also interesting mock ups of the first US war sub ever, the "turtle", along with stations from inside various modern Subs. This was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday.
This place was great! Its free, the military personnel are extremely friendly and going onto a real submarine was very exciting! Its a small museum and only takes about 1 1/2 hours to view everything but its definitely worth a visit!
Great place to stop and learn about the silent service
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Submarine Force Museum
- Sun, Mon, Wed - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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