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Connecticut Historical Society

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Address: 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Phone Number: 860-236-5621
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit...
Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, research and education center that strives to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history through research assistance, exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages. The colorful and interactive "Making Connecticut" exhibit is filled with more than 500 historic objects, images, and documents telling the story of Connecticut from the 1500s through today.
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History Buffs Hiddem Gem in the City

Wow what a hidden gem in the heart of the city! You must bring the kids to this hands on museum of history! Not only will they be entertained you will as well! Great History... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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New Britain, Connecticut
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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Wow what a hidden gem in the heart of the city! You must bring the kids to this hands on museum of history! Not only will they be entertained you will as well! Great History with great stories! A must see for history buffs!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went to this museum purely by accident - and we are very happy we did. What a pleasant surprise - it was a wonderfully maintained museum and the displays were informative, and quite interactive; engaging kids ages 4 -13. The exhibit of the tavern signs is not to be missed - the history around each sign was so engaging... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

An unexpected treasure! We've lived in the area for years and just went for the first time. I went with my five year old son, and expected it might be kind of dreary for him, but we both had a wonderful time. They have tons of clever hands on exhibits. These start at the entrance (where you can put a... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is an incredible museum and library in a beautiful location. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and gracious. There is plenty of safe, free parking right next to the building. An amazing place for family!

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We very much enjoyed the museum until almost the end when a docent explained that the gaudy wooden maul they had on display was used by Abraham Lincoln. A maul is a metal wedge used to split firewood or timber. The legend of Abe the rail splitter was, according to the July, 2011 Smithsonian Magazine, an idea of, "Richard J.... More 

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CT, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Everything you might want to know about the past 400 years of Connecticut is here! Lots of suprises! A nice, mellow atmosphere in a beautiful building on a lovely campus. Loads of free parking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The new exhibit was very interesting, and the permanent exhibit was also fascinating. There were two smaller exhibits that we enjoyed as well. This place is a treasure!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

Wife took kids to Saturday program. Found staff unprofessional and unhappy. Wife said we will never go back. Better museum programs out there.

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Paterson, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Entire wing under construction with a very condensed view of Connecticut history. Think of it as a romp through history.

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RIO RANCHO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We joined because of the ties to family of generations ago. With advance contact, they were able to pull an amazing amount of information and we were were overwhelmed with the results. This is truly a learning experience, if you are there to just tour the place, do research or soak in the history, you won't be disappointed!!

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