Submarine Force Library and Museum

1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton, Connecticut 06340 USA

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Opens Sat 9a
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“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.

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Denise Z.

What a great place! When in the area definitely stop and check this place out. I actually got to see a real submarine come in that's rare. The people that volunteer are very informative. Come... Read more

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Jonathan C.

Amazing FREE museum. Provides an amazing history and in depth story of the first US nuclear submarine. In addition to touring the submarine itself, there is a small side museum that showcases... Read more

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Thomas F.

Nice visit today at the museum. Enough history to those interested in ship building/submarines. For someone never onboard a real submarine, this would be good for you. I have inside a Los Angelos... Read more

Submarine Force Library and Museum

1 Crystal Lake Rd
Groton, Connecticut
06340 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun, Mon, Wed - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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