The Submarine Forces Museum in Groton, CT is home to the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine. The museum was originally established in 1955 by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation. They donated the entire collection to the U.S. Navy in 1964. It is the only submarine museum run by the Navy and houses the world’s largest collection of submarine artifacts with 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 documents, and 30,000 photographs.They also have a world-renowned reference library open to anyone who wishes to do research on submarines.
The front walk to the museum is home to four midget submarines. Inside you will find the main hall and main exhibit area with two mini-theaters, as well as the Medal of Honor Gallery honoring the 8 submariners who won the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Of course the highlight of the museum is the USS Nautilus. Visitors can walk the decks of the world’s first nuclear powered vessel and get a view of what it was like to sail on the first ship to go to the North Pole. The Nautilus came to make the Museum its home after it was decommissioned in 1980 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.
Hours of Operation
The Submarine Forces Museum is open:
- Summer Hours (May 1 – October 31): 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Closed Tuesdays.
- Winter Hours (November 1 – April 30): 9 AM to 4 PM daily. Closed Tuesdays.
- The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day as well as the last week of April and the first week of November.
Address / Contact Information
Submarine Force Library and Museum
Naval Submarine Base New London
Groton, CT 06349-5571