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Submarine Force Library and Museum Association

Come explore the fascinating world of submarines at the Submarine Force Library and Museum. You'll get an up-close look at one of the largest and most impressive collections of American submarine heritage. The Submarine Force Library & Museum is located in Groton, Connecticut, only a short drive away from New London.

When you visit the museum, you'll be happy to know that it's free to enter and also has free parking. The most popular attraction at the museum is the NAUTILUS, a submarine that you can explore on a self-guided tour. Onboard the submarine, you will be given an audio wand that describes the different features within the submarine. There are other submarines that are on exhibit, such as the Turtle, which was actually the first submarine in U.S. history to be used in combat. Also on display is the midget submarine that was utilized during WWII for surveillance and salvaging parts from the sunken Nuclear vessel, the USS NR-1. 

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For individuals or groups that would like to add some fun or enhance their museum visits while still taking things at their own pace, the museum offers various scavenger hunts and self-guided tours as well as a phone tour. The tour can typically last about an hour to an hour and a half to see everything in the entire museum.

When you go through the museum, you'll be able to view 33,000 artifacts. The museum also includes an extensive library with around 20,000 documents and 30,000 photos. If you want to make a day out of your visit, you can also bring a light meal with you and spend some time having a picnic with your family while enjoying the view of the Thames River. If you're a fan of naval and submarine history, you won't find another more comprehensive collection than at the Submarines Force Library and Museum.

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