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Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
860-767-8269
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Ranked #2 of 12 attractions in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: At the foot of Main, on the waterfront, in beautiful historic Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is a jewel of a museum.  Explore New England... more »
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Milford, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

There is an interesting wall mural stretching over three floors that explains the history around the Connecticut River. There are interesting pictures and audio clips. The replica of the turtle submarine - which you can climb into - is especially interesting. Cameras are allowed. It isn't very big but worth visiting once.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The museum is tiny, but chock-full of historical information and artifacts. Highlights are the "turtle" or first-ever submarine and the stairway mural that maps all 410 miles of the CT river. I learned a lot and found the place quite interesting, though it's probably worth mentioning that I am not originally from CT. Much of the information was therefore new... More

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Watch Hill, Rhode Island
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Right on the water, beautiful, very educational and historical. I loved seeing all the old ships and artifacts. Kids got a little bored but brightened up when they got to climb into the old submarine displayed there. Also, after we walked to sweet ps and bought ice cream and brought it back to the docks at the end of the... More

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West Hartford CT
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89 reviews 89 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Totally love this museum. It's small, so don't think you will spend hours going from room to room, but you an easily spend hours with all of the interesting history they have packed into a small, but comfortable space. Gorgeous location in Essex and enough cool exhibits to keep my 7 year-old son engaged. Great place to stop and see... More

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We enjoyed the museum as it was very informative about the history of Essex, Ct. It is small but contains a lot of interesting facts and items to see as well as videos. The third floor was closed for a new exhibit being set up so we did not get to see it but would like to go back. They... More

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New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We visited the museum last week and curator Heklen Davis could not have been more welcoming and helpful. She gave us tips for touring the museum, including a path that would have us circumvent a school group then double back to that area. And she told us about a Connecticutt River schooner, the Mary E, that would do a two-hour... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This museum is right on the Connecticut River and you drive through the quaint historic town of Essex to get there. The museum details the history of the area. Information on the war of 1812 was interesting and at the early submarine. A unique mural of the Connecticut River up to Canada goes up the stairwell to the third floor.... More

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Essex, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We love this place. As soon as you walk thru the front door you are greeted with warmth. The beautiful history of photos and exhibits are so educational. The setting is beautiful on the Connecticut River. We took a few evening presentations on the history of the war of 1812. Last night we took the evening sunset cruise on the... More

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cape cod, mass
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you are in Essex, be sure to visit this museum. It has 3 floors filled with information about Connecticut River history, all beautifully displaced with clear easy-to-read explanations. Also, you can have a look at an early submarine and learn about the war of 1812 -and a battle the British won. Best of all, the views of each window... More

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Newington, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The museum is a little small but very well done. 3 floors of exhibits telling the history of the Connecticut River from the Revolution till the present. Great artists exhibit of warships from the war of 1812. Great aerial photographs of various bridges towns etc of the Connecticut River from Vermont and New Hampshire down to Connecticut. There is a... More

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