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Connecticut River Museum

Address: 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
Phone Number: 860-767-8269
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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
3 attraction reviews
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Burnsville, North Carolina
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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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97 reviews 97 reviews
27 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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177 reviews 177 reviews
31 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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