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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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Members From New Mexico

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Paterson, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Princeton, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We went there to research colonial families, plus learn about how the colonists lived their daily lives. They have excellent resources and a very helpful staff. We took a break from research and went on the house tour which was fascinating.

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I'm researching a book that will be set in Colonial Connecticut. I'm glad that I found the CT Historical Society. The facilities are pleasant and the staff, amazing. They were so helpful and eager to assist me in my research. The research space was perfect for a quiet afternoon of discovery. Happily, there were a couple of exhibits that were... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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31 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

What made our visit special was the personalized tour and activities they had for our first grade class. I still would have enjoyed it very much on my own. Lots of interesting Native American artifacts and reproductions. Kids can sit in a handmade canoe.

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Dallas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Wow, took my kiddo for a special event they had for home-school kids. Wonderful experience. Had good little break-out sessions. Exhibits in the museum are interactive and hands-on. Even interesting for adults. Lots of things to touch and buttons to press. Can dress up like a colonial child, sit in a dug-out canoe, make an Native American shoe, etc. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I spent a good portion of my Saturday afternoon here. I had plenty of time to enjoy the current exhibits including Hartford Seen, The Hartford Courant, Building Hartford, as well as the permanent exhibits including the Veeder Living Room, Making Connecticut, and Inn & Tavern Signs. I also got to spend time in their research room and received plenty of... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Such a lovely experience! The Katharine Hepburn exhibit was such an exquisite tribute to a beautiful actress. The staff was friendly and helpful the entire afternoon. I especially loved the public tour. I look forward to visiting the museum again with my family.

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

9/24/2014 Went on a tour in August and was really impressed by the knowledge our tour guide had about the architecture. I was surprised later on to overhear my tour guide talking to another employee at the museum. I was shocked to hear her mention her "poor tour" and how she "insert vulgarity for the work made up" the entire... More 

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Rebecca F, Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear that what started out as a good visit ended up a disappointment. We take both customer service and the preparation of our staff very seriously, and the exchange that you overheard seems very much out of character. While many museum guides occasionally feel that they have not presented the material to the best of... More 

Hershey, PA
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26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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