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Connecticut Historical Society

1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105
860-236-5621
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Ranked #12 of 44 Attractions in Hartford
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, research and education center that strives to inspire... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hershey, PA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you had ancestors from Connecticut or Massacusetts you must visit this place to look up your genealogy family tree.

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Orlando, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited the Historical Society while vacationing in CT solely for the purpose of seeing the Katherine Hepburn exhibit and yet we got so much more! The exhibit was wonderful and the costumes were gorgeous. It was fun to see outfits from some of our favorite classic Hepburn films as well as some from her stage career. There was also... More

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New Port Richey, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

While in Hartford doing research on my family tree, we decided to also view the museum housed in the same building. I wish we had an entire day to view the exhibits. The Katherine Hepburn costumes were amazing ( such a tiny waist!!) and will be there on display until September. There are many hand-on activities that would appeal to... More

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New Jersey
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81 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is a lovely restored mansion. The stair case is a marvel. the Katharine Hepburn costumes were on exhibit and well worth the trip. There is a small gift shop. Photos were not allowed. The grounds are lovely. Plenty of parking and buses can pull up to the front.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a great place to stop and spend a few hours looking at the various historical exhibits of CT in the past. The hands on exhibits for the kids were wonderful - they had a play kitchen with all sorts of things for the kids to play with, they could dress up i different outfits from the past, and... More

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Hartford
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24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The Connecticut Historical Society is a museum, a library, and a research center. Check out the current exhibit: "Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers," browse the impressive "Inn and Tavern Signs" display, or sign up for a specialized tour (Behind-the-Scenes: Treasures from the CHS Collection or Secrets of the Veeder House): they're both great! Additionally, the Connecticut Historical... More

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Billerica, Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Spent a few hours here on a a Saturday. We took the behind the scenes tour. Worth it if you are going. Alot of things to see. Wish the kids had been with us. Upstairs is Very interactive.

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Newington, Connecticut
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Use your hands to explore connecticuts history. This is a great place for visitors and children. It is very hands on. They have an exhibit on the amistad. They also have a sports exhibit. They have a children area. The gift shop is great. X rating 9.9

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

I highly recommend visiting the museum if you live nearby and are looking for something to do on a rainy day. I can't recommend it for out-of-state tourists - not because it isn't a great spot, but if you have limited time in Connecticut, there are other, better things to do and see. The building is fantastic and the grounds... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

It is a great place to take the kids to have fun and even learn things about CT that you never knew! Your kids learn things while having fun! And if you are interested in learning more about your family and want to do a little genealogy on your family their research center open to the public is awesome.

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