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Connecticut Historical Society

Address: 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Phone Number: 860-236-5621
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Ranked #15 of 64 things to do in Hartford
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, research...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 via mobile

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 attraction reviews
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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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
86 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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West Hartford, Connecticut
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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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