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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
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The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

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Connecticut River Museum brings river history to life!

Wow what a historical museum right on the Connecticut River! A great experience for the whole family with a rich history of the people who lived along the CT river! Great place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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New Britain, Connecticut
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New Britain, Connecticut
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137 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow what a historical museum right on the Connecticut River! A great experience for the whole family with a rich history of the people who lived along the CT river! Great place to take a boat ride!

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Connecticut
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86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Went to see the miniature train exhibit. Surprised to see such a nice pictorial exhibit on the history of the CT River from colonial times.

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Thank Barbara G
Middletown, Connecticut
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We enjoyed the museum very much. The staff was attentive and made sure that we saw everything there was to see. The history of the area and the importance of the CT River as a "highway" in years past were very well depicted and explained. (As another reviewer stated, do not miss the stairwells!) The replica "Turtle" submarine was very... More 

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Thank JC61986
new haven, ct
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340 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

They say it's "400+ miles on three floors". It's quite a small museum but has some interesting things. Don't miss the stairwells, because many interesting aerial photos of the river are posted there. Small gift shop (actually large for a small museum) and beautiful setting.

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Thank sullific
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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119 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We really enjoyed the museum. We learned a lot of Connecticut history and even sat in an old submarine. they also had a great train exhibit on the third floor and a nice little gift shop. It sits right on the River.

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Thank Arnie S
Round Lake, Illinois
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36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Great museum with very helpful staff.very nicely laid out and provides a great history of the area. Very informative.

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1 Thank Tom R
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Historic wharf with many educational displays. Best ship model collection we encountered during our CT trip. Looks unassuming but 3 floors of great stuff!

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Darien, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Simple, informative, fun, the Connecticut River Museum offers a nice overview of the historic relevance of the area. At some times of the year they have a fun train set up; and all year round something worth stopping in for. As a small museum, the visit is the right size for everyone in the family.

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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421 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

We gave it 4 stars because of the photography exhibit on the top floor. It's a great exhibit. The regular museum is neat and would be a 3 star. We especially enjoyed sitting on their benches and watching the boats on the river. There is an elevator and a wheelchair to borrow which my spouse appreciated.

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Thank z0607
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248 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in to the Museum prior to our schooner tour of the Connecticut river. Everyone was helpful and informative about the area and it's history.

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