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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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CT River Front...

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Elizabeth G
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Westbrook, Connecticut
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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 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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 34 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This little museum of three floors has exactly as much information as you want and need about the Connecticut River Valley, the significance of Essex in the War of 1812, and the contributions of the area to maritime history. About one and half to two hours is sufficient to appreciate everything, including the art to which the top floor is... More 

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Long Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

On a day meant for indoor activities, the River Museum was a perfect choice. The building itself was the 1878 Steamboat Warehouse. The 3 floors of exhibits reveal a lot about the history of life on the Connecticut River in the Essex area and included a wooden "submarine" that looked like a giant rain barrel! The third floor contained a... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is a small museum, but it is really great at detailing the maritime history of Essex, and what happened during the War of 1812. Learning about the first submarine was also really interesting. Short visit--about an hour, but well worth it.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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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Additional Information about Connecticut River Museum

Address: 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
Phone Number: 860-767-8269
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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