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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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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

   Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a...

   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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Excellent museum and library

Specifically went to see the Beatrice Fox Auerbach exhibit. Also saw the Downton Abbey experience in Connecticut exhibit as well as what it was like in Connecticut from the time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Andover, Connecticut
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Andover, Connecticut
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Specifically went to see the Beatrice Fox Auerbach exhibit. Also saw the Downton Abbey experience in Connecticut exhibit as well as what it was like in Connecticut from the time of the Native Americans till today. excellent museum definitely plan to take other friends there again in the future and intend to use the libraryfor genealogical research.

1 Thank piathusis
Whittier, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the Connecticut Historical Society to do family history research. The staff was friendly and very helpful. I have many early Connecticut ancestors and spent several hours in the library. They have a great collection and make it very easy to access and use their materials. I didn't get a chance to see the museum exhibits on this... More 

Thank Aliza W
Darien, Connecticut
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

As with some of our other reviews, we didn't have impetus to visit this site until visitors came from out-of-state. We didn't allocate enough time for this, but will likely be back soon. The exhibit of "50 Objects/50 Stories" was a fascinating glimpse into the history of things gone on in CT. The house itself was pretty interesting; but the... More 

1 Thank David R
West Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The museum itself is beautiful. The exhibits are fantastic for kids and adults. My children loved the exhibits and my youngest boy was engaged the whole time ( he can get bored easily). So two thumbs up there. However I was not happy with the family story time. It was not run well. There didn't seem to be much thought... More 

1 Thank Haven J
West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Whatever you do please take time to visit this museum. The exhibits are wonderful and their adult programs in the museum and out of the museum are fabulous. You can really learn a lot. I can go on and on about the beauty of the building and the people at the front desk area and gift shop are some of... More 

5 Thank Berta611
New Britain, Connecticut
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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!

Thank TheVoiceofCT
Hartford, Connecticut
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57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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 

4 Thank worldsosweet
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank Bethany B
Farmington, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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!

6 Thank Elise R
West Hartford, Connecticut
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59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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 

8 Thank JimConnecticut1

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