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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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A really nice little museum!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 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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Essex, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a great little museum. Interesting for all ages. The dive bell for the young and the ship models for the adults. My favorite is actually the mural in the stairwell showing the history of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Fun annual train show for Christmas plus other exhibits for adults .. and what a lovely setting. Essex is charming this time of year.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This museum was one of several items on our itinerary when we came to Essex, where we were staying just overnight. It is located just down the street from the shops and stores along Main Street and hence is very accessible. The gentlemen at the front desk formally greeted me and proactively asked me if I had a AAA membership,... More 

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Essex
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I love our museum of which I am a member. It enjoys a wonderful riverfront location on the Connecticut River and is located in the heart of picturesque Essex. The museum has a lovely large lawn and provides benches to enjoy a coffee while enjoying its exquisite river views and looking for eagles. Its a beautiful building with a nice... More 

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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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