USS Nautilus Memorial
Box 571B
Groton, CT 06349-5000
(800) 343 0079 recording • (203) 449 3558 groups

Nautilus is the world's first nuclear powered submarine and the first ship to go to the North Pole. She has steamed more than a half million nautical miles and made more than 2,500 dives. Now a National Historic Landmark and Connecticut's State Ship, the Nautilus is an exciting and educational experience for people of all ages.

The first step in this adventure is the Submarine Force Library and Museum. This award-winning building contains the nation's finest collection of submarine material. Stand in the recreated submarine attack center and hear the sounds of battle beneath the waves. Visit the Control Room and see the valves and controls that once let the ocean into a submarine's ballast tanks. See a full-size model of the Turtle, the first submersible to attack an enemy warship (Revolutionary War). Or relax in the two Mini-Theaters and enjoy films of submarines past and present. These and other great attractions will be found in the Museum.

Then get the real thing aboard the Nautilus herself. Walk the same decks that made submarine history. Explore the torpedo and sonar rooms. See the control and navigation room, and visit the crew's quarters, the galley, and other important spaces.

Outdoor exhibits include a submarine missile hatch and four Midget Subs.

A great place for the family, the Nautilus also provides a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages to learn a lot about American and World history.

Teachers can call or mail for a handy teacher's guide that will help a field trip to the Nautilus go smoothly.

Hours: November 1 thru April 30: Open daily, 9am - 4pm, closed Tuesdays. May 1 thru October 31: Open daily 9am - 5pm, closed Tuesdays. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. The ship may close at times for maintenance. Call before visiting.
Admission: and parking are FREE. All group tours are self-guided (students receive audio wands) and are also FREE.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Picnic area on Museum grounds. Local restaurants and fast food.
Handicapped Access: Museum building is accessible. Sub is not.
Directions: I-87 North to I-287 east to I-95 (New England Thruway) North to exit 86 and follow the USS Nautilus signs to the Museum. About 2½ hours from the George Washington Bridge.

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