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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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West Hartford CT
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88 reviews 88 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the museum as it was very informative about the history of Essex, Ct. It is small but contains a lot of interesting facts and items to see as well as videos. The third floor was closed for a new exhibit being set up so we did not get to see it but would like to go back. They... More

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New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We visited the museum last week and curator Heklen Davis could not have been more welcoming and helpful. She gave us tips for touring the museum, including a path that would have us circumvent a school group then double back to that area. And she told us about a Connecticutt River schooner, the Mary E, that would do a two-hour... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This museum is right on the Connecticut River and you drive through the quaint historic town of Essex to get there. The museum details the history of the area. Information on the war of 1812 was interesting and at the early submarine. A unique mural of the Connecticut River up to Canada goes up the stairwell to the third floor.... More

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Essex, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We love this place. As soon as you walk thru the front door you are greeted with warmth. The beautiful history of photos and exhibits are so educational. The setting is beautiful on the Connecticut River. We took a few evening presentations on the history of the war of 1812. Last night we took the evening sunset cruise on the... More

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cape cod, mass
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you are in Essex, be sure to visit this museum. It has 3 floors filled with information about Connecticut River history, all beautifully displaced with clear easy-to-read explanations. Also, you can have a look at an early submarine and learn about the war of 1812 -and a battle the British won. Best of all, the views of each window... More

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Newington, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The museum is a little small but very well done. 3 floors of exhibits telling the history of the Connecticut River from the Revolution till the present. Great artists exhibit of warships from the war of 1812. Great aerial photographs of various bridges towns etc of the Connecticut River from Vermont and New Hampshire down to Connecticut. There is a... More

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Washington, DC
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

A stop in Essex, CT is well worth it for the classic New England town, and the museum is an excellent focal point. The well-presented small museum sits on the banks of the historic Connecticut River whose story it tells. Then stroll the town to see the multiple well-preserved 18th century buildings where much of the history took place. Pick... More

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Windsor, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The Connecticut River was the historic main artery for New England. It's rich in natural beauty and very rich in history. So, why were they only able to fill 3 small floors with exhibits? I don't know where to start. Very little about the natural beauty of the river. Very little about the native American tribes who lived along the... More

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Essex, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

What a great way to learn about this historic community's role in the Revolution and the War of 1812, when the British burned a fleet of ships being built on this spot and locals harassed them as they tried to flee. Their are murals, models and actual artifacts on display. See the "Turtle" a recreation of an early submarine. Children... More

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