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Connecticut River Museum

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Address: 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
Phone Number: 860-767-8269
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

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Good place to go on a rainy day

3 floors of history, all indoors. It was great to look at while passing the time before a wedding that was held there the day I came. In addition, it was raining outside and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

3 floors of history, all indoors. It was great to look at while passing the time before a wedding that was held there the day I came. In addition, it was raining outside and surprisingly cool for a summer day, so being inside a warmer, drier building with plenty to do was a plus, especially since I learned a lot... More 

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Southbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We were very impressed with the information packed into this museum and the overall manageability of the place. It is well organized, treats the highlights very adequately, and has great vistas of the river. Staff is very helpful and readily available to answer questions. Admission prices are reasonable. I learned a lot about my home state. Well worth a visit.... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This little museum of three floors has exactly as much information as you want and need about the Connecticut River Valley, the significance of Essex in the War of 1812, and the contributions of the area to maritime history. About one and half to two hours is sufficient to appreciate everything, including the art to which the top floor is... More 

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Long Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

On a day meant for indoor activities, the River Museum was a perfect choice. The building itself was the 1878 Steamboat Warehouse. The 3 floors of exhibits reveal a lot about the history of life on the Connecticut River in the Essex area and included a wooden "submarine" that looked like a giant rain barrel! The third floor contained a... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is a small museum, but it is really great at detailing the maritime history of Essex, and what happened during the War of 1812. Learning about the first submarine was also really interesting. Short visit--about an hour, but well worth it.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We had an extra hour in our day, so we stopped in. We had seen it three days before, but it was closed, so we came back and visited today. A nice history of the Connecticut River, the battle of 1816 when the British sank 27 American ships in Essex harbor, and lovely photos from the air of the 410... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a great little museum with something to interest people of all ages. The exhibits cover the diverse story of settlement along the CT River. Many of the exhibits support what kids learn about CT history in their school curriculum, so that aspect allows older kids to plug into the exhibits with what they know. The rooms are spacious... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We finally went to the Connecticut River Museum last Saturday. What a pleasant surprise, this is a Very nice little museum. I think because of it's location we thought it was about Essex and the Connecticut River, but soon after entering we learned how wrong we were. The museum covers entire river, it's history and importance right up to the... More 

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This museum as well as the town is located at the mouth of the Connecticut River.Very picturesque little town. the museum chronicles the events influencing towns and villages along the river the last 3 centuries. There is a pier and benches where you can look out over the water.At the time I was there there was a group of tiny... More 

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Monroe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We went here yesterday after seeing a write up about it and we enjoyed our visit. Many interesting exhibits about the Connecticut River through time and a very pretty location. Stop in if you are in the area !

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Additional Information about Connecticut River Museum

Address: Address: 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
Phone Number: 860-767-8269
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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