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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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Nice smaller museum.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW 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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Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very interesting place. Sometimes they have special exhibits upstairs. I know they have a train set up exhibit during the winter months. Nice Gift Shop !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

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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Danbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I wanted to see the first submarine, THE TURTLE. I was not disappointed by all of the artifacts and history associated with Essex.

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Westbrook, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I love to sit on one of the benches over-looking the water; it is so peaceful. I'm usually eating an ice cream cone. Just enjoying life.

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Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This had information about the Connecticut River and its history, from the beginning up in Canada all the way down to Essex and the ocean. The best part was the replica of the Turtle, which was the first submarine, built close by and used in the Revolution. Visitors can climb inside it and work the controls, which is great for... More 

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Apart from the historic and educative value of the museum, would like to mention about the surroundings which is a part of this and also very enjoyable. The museum is located on a waterfront property/park. The riverside places are very scenic - found the surrounding very calm and quiet. Water/river lovers would find this place very charming and would be... More 

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Shelton, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited on a quiet Monday and basically had the place to ourselves. The Turtle exhibit is fascinating and a part of maritime history I had not previously seen mentioned at either Mystic or Norwalk, and the museum has done a great job of making the exhibit interactive and high-tech, which is great for kids. The other floors containing art... More 

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

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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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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