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'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.
To collect, preserve and interpret the history of the United States Naval Submarine Force in order to honor veterans and to educate naval personnel and the public in the heritage and traditions of the US Submarine Force and its relationship to America’s freedom by:
-Acting as a national repository with responsibility to archive and display US Submarine history that is accurate, complete and unbiased.
-Preserving the physical legacy and experiences of submariners for presentation to the widest possible audience.
-Developing and publicizing programs that broaden and deepen public knowledge and appreciation of the significance of the Submarine Force.
-Striving to anticipate the Submarine Force’s future historical needs in formulating strategies and policies for acquisition of historical material.
-Hosting Naval traditions and activities that promote Naval Heritage to the greater community.
The museum strives to become the Nation's top destination showcasing outstanding collections and innovative, tangible exhibits that celebrate the Honor, Courage and Commitment of submariners defending their country and citizens.