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Tour A Submarine

Updated on March 4, 2017

List of Submarines You Can Tour

Stealthy and deadly, submarines have become a key element of naval warfare since World War I. Sailing these underwater ninjas requires a unique breed of sailor capable of enduring long periods in cramped quarters deep beneath the ocean's surface.

Touring a submarine offers you a glimpse into history and a submariner's life under the sea. It's a fun and educational activity the whole family can enjoy.

Here you will find information on submarine museums around the world that you can visit and tour.

Image is the USS Hawaii (SSN-776) (Source: U.S. Navy)

USS Newport News (SSN 750)
USS Newport News (SSN 750)

What is a Submarine?

A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation below the surface of the water. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability. The term submarine most commonly refers to a large crewed autonomous vessel; however, historically or colloquially, submarine can also refer to medium sized or smaller vessels (midget submarines, wet subs), remotely operated vehicles or robots.

Read the rest of the Wikipedia Article.

USS Torsk (SS-423)
USS Torsk (SS-423) | Source
Submarine (Tom Clancy's Military Reference)
Submarine (Tom Clancy's Military Reference)

Go aboard a Los Angeles class nuclear attack submarine with Tom Clancy, the author of "The Hunt for Red October"; and a master of writing about military hardware and strategy.

 

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USS Bowfin Deck Gun
USS Bowfin Deck Gun | Source

Submarines To Tour In The UK

HMS Ocelot
HMS Ocelot | Source
USS Stingray (SS-186)
USS Stingray (SS-186) | Source

Help Keep A Submarine Afloat

Most submarine museums are owned and maintained by non-profit organizations. These ships require a lot of work and money to restore and maintain.

Please remember that your admission ticket only covers a portion of these costs. There is usually a donation box on site or you can find donor information on the sub's website.

These organizations also depend on volunteers to help perform maintenance and/or guide tours. If you have experience working on ships or just want to help keep history alive, then consider volunteering. Check the website of the sub you're interested in or ask when you visit for more information.

U995 at Sunset
U995 at Sunset | Source

Submarines To Tour in Germany

U-995
U-995 is a Type VIIC/41 U-boat commissioned in 1943 and is the only known remaining Type VII boat. She completed 9 patrols during WWII sinking 6 ships and boats. She was in port at the end of the war, surrendered to the British and eventually ended up in the Norwegian navy renamed the Kaura. In 1965, she was decommissioned and returned to the (West) German government. She opened in 1972 as a museum at the Laboe Naval Memorial in Laboe, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Wilhelm Bauer (U-2540)
U-2540 was commissioned in 1945 and is the only Type XXI U-boat remaining. One of the most technologically advanced subs of her time, she was scuttled by her crew before the end of WWII and eventually salvaged in 1957. She was renamed the Wilhelm Bauer and used as a research vessel for the remainder of her career. You can tour her at the German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum) in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Movies With Submarines

Submarines To Tour In Russia

B-396 Novosibirskiy komsomolets
B-396 Novosibirskiy komsomolets | Source

Submarines To Tour In Asia

India, Japan & Turkey

Akishio.  Used by permission.
Akishio. Used by permission. | Source

Submarines To Tour In Australia

Tour A Sub Down Under

HMAS Onslow.  Used by permission.
HMAS Onslow. Used by permission. | Source

More Museum Ships...

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Submarine Photo Credits

USS Hawaii (SSN-776) in the public domain at the US Navy News Service.

USS Newport News (SSN 750) in the public domain at the US Navy News Service.

USS Torsk (SS-423) in the public domain at the US Naval Historical Center.

USS Bowfin Deck Gun used under Creative Commons from Varin Tsai.

HMS Ocelot used under Creative Commons from alh1.

USS Stingray (SS-186) in the public domain at the US Naval Historical Center.

U995 at Sunset used under Creative Commons from pradig.

B-396 Novosibirskiy komsomolets used under Creative Commons from SergeyRod.

Akishio used by permission of yuichi.sakuraba.

HMAS Onslow used by permission of Mark Dowsett.

Le Redoutable used under Creative Commons from Jesper Wiking.

Thanks for visiting!

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Have you toured or served on a sub? What do you think of these stealthy ships? Please leave a comment below.

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      roby01 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I would also report another submarine which I visited several years ago. This is the Russian submarine U480 Foxtrot docked in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. I understand it is still open. Thanks for the interesting lens like the other involving the "floating museum".

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      MacPharlain 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! I just added the USS Drum to the list.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We Just Toured The USS Drum ToDay In Mobile, Alabama. It Is In The Same ParK As The USS Alabama.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      My love affair with subs started when I read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea sometime while I was in high school, if I recall correctly. I read the book 10 times. I only read one other book that many times. I would have liked to be aboard the Nautilus for awhile because it had a pipe organ. :) Since that time, I have always been fascinated by subs. One of my favorite movies ever, and one of the few I remember much about, was The Hunt for Red October. At the time, I had learned a fair amount of Russian, and was interested in thinking about ways to defeat the Soviet Union, and that also played into my liking the movie. In addition to the story itself, a selling point with me was one of the actors. I also read the novel. It is rare for me to do both.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is a WWII sub at battleship cove in New Bedford MA. It is part of the same exhibit that has the USS Massachusetts.

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      MacPharlain 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, added USS Clamagore to the list.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You can tour the USS Clamagore (SS-343) at Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant, SC across the river from historic Charleston, SC. While you're there, you can also tour the USS Yorktown (CV-10) a WW II aircraft carrier, and the USS Laffey (DD-724) a destroyer which both supported the Normandy D-Day landings, and later served in the Pacific theater.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As a Jr High student in the late 60's/early 70's we took a school tour to Philadelphia and toured a Submarine at or near Penn's landing. I recently toured the U-505 in Chicago which seemed to be much more spacious and asked the guide. He asked what class that sub would have been so I tried to look it up. Clearly it was not the Bacuna, which is there now so I am wondering what happened to the sub i would have toured and what class it was. Any help appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Missing the SS-581, USS Blueback, in Portland, OR.

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      MacPharlain 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the info, I've added USS Silversides to the list.

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      MacPharlain 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Um, advanced stealth technology? Thanks for reporting it missing, I've added USS Pampanito to the list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I visited USS Pampanito in San Francisco in 1999. Is there a reason that it is not in this list?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The subs today are very roomy compared to the older diesel electric.

      Was aboard USS Medregal (SS480) USS Barbaro (SSG 317) USS Tunny (SSG 282)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @InfernalCombust: The Nautilus is not a good example of today's submarines. While they are still cramped. They have made them a little more comfortable.

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      InfernalCombust 5 years ago

      I've toured the Nautilus and the Albacore. My dad used to work in a Navy Yard, too, and his job was cleaning out the torpedo tubes. He used to talk about wanting to build a submarine out of a propane tank. I find submarines fascinating and a little scary - don't think I'm cut out to do a tour on one, but I love learning about them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      there's another distinguished WWII sub missing from the list. The USS Silversides in Muskegon Michigan. in GREAT condition and available for groups to spend overnights aboard - http://www.silversidesmuseum.org/

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      RockyMountain 5 years ago

      I toured a USSR foxtot sub about 20 years ago in Seattle or Vancouver, can't remember which. I just remember it being very confining and claustrophobic!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      I've toured several subs and they are great

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      MacPharlain 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the tip, Sara! I've added the Requin to the list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This list is missing the USS Requin (SS-481) in Pittsburgh, PA, which serves as an exhibit to the Carnegie Science Center.

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      webuser0150 6 years ago

      i fancy a trip with one those boats

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Not just anyone can serve on a Submarine...you must pass a rigid psychological, and physical test to determine is you are fit and commpatible for such duty.

      The close confinements and job duties requires a specal individual. What I have been trying to find is an answer to is the number of Submarines that were in the vicinity of the 2004 tsunami and what nations navy was effected by the devasating natural disaster

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When I was in Tampa, Florida back in the 80's I toured a submarine.

      Great lens!

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      MacPharlain 6 years ago

      @ShamanicShift: Thanks! I'd like to tour that one next time I'm in Chicago.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      I toured the U-Boat at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry -- the story of how it got there is amazing too -- great submarine suggestions and resources here -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      MacPharlain 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the tip! I've added the Becuna in Philly and U-505 to the list.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great site! There is a sub in Philly PA and U505 in Chicago that are not mentioned.

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      MacPharlain 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Chris, thanks for the info. Is the sub in Folkeston now? U-475 used to be in Folkeston Harbour but the latest info I found was that the sub's been moored in River Medway for several years awaiting a new home. Hope they find one soon.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      you might like to add the russain submarine in folkstone harbour to that list she is an old alfa class moored next to the ferry terminal and well worth a visit if anyone is interested.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm hooked on submarines (and submarine movies). I'd love to tour one of these. Thanks for this resource.