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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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Guilford, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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
10 helpful votes 10 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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