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Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
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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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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Connecticut River Museum in October and were very impressed with everything the facility has to offer. At the time, only two of the three floors were open, as they were preparing for a new exhibit. The first floor was primarily dedicated to the role the Village of Essex played in the Revolutionary War; in addition to the... More

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Burnsville, North Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

On a rainy day we came across this amazing museum. The exhibits were well presented and extremely interesting. The three floors were packed with so much information, photography and models. Time sllipped by taliking to resident artist Steven Cryan and the staff and looking at all the exhibits and video. If you are anywhere near Essex or plan to be... More

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Avon, Connecticut
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95 reviews 95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We visited on a gorgeous September afternoon. The museum has very good exibits ranging from the geology and early settlement of the river valley to its use as a transportation corridor and commercial, industrial and recreational uses. There is also an excellent exhibit of the Turtle, the first ever attack submarine used in the Revolutionary war; and, the British attack... More

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Stratford, Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a really interesting museum with uncluttered displays and easy-to-read information. We knew little about the Connecticut River and feel we know a lot about it, and its history, after an hour or so touring all three floors, There are some "push-the-button-learn-more" opportunities, and an excellent video on the second floor. Art, artifacts, and a replica of the original... More

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Boston MA
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167 reviews 167 reviews
31 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This museum requires in- depth viewing if it is of interest. A lot to digest but you can get a good feel with a half hour visit. Right on the water, very well done.

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Holliston, MA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The features of the museum were interesting; it a small, doable museum, in a short time. What we enjoyed the most was the sunset sail on a beautiful September night on the Connecticut River. Highlight of tht night was an annual "massing of the starlings":- hundreds of thousands of small birds swarming together at sunset over a nearby island- a... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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