The US Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut is the only submarine museum managed exclusively by the U.S. Navy, which makes it a repository for many special submarine items of national significance, including the USS Nautilus.
The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) is the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine. It is also known for being the first vessel to complete a submerged transit to the North Pole, which occurred on August 3, 1958. It was decommissioned in 1980 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1982. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Founded in 1955 as The Submarine Library,” the
Submarine Force Library and Museum has gained fame over the years for its
massive collection of over 33,000 submarine and naval artifacts, 20,000
documents, and 30,000 photographs. In April 1964, the collection was officially
handed over to the US Navy and was soon relocated to the Naval Submarine Base
New London in Groton, Connecticut. Submarine Force Library and
Museum was soon adopted as the new name in 1969.
On occasion, exhibits in the museum will be rotated, and so
the displays change quite often. The 6,000-volume library is a renowned
collection on the history of US submarines and is open to anyone looking for
more information on the subject.