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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
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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Amazing place and people!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Farmington, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Went to Wednesday storytelling. It felt unorganized and thrown together at the last moment. The person in charge of organizing this event must not have a lot of museum experience and lacks in knowledge of child development. I felt the craft was something found on Pinterest at the last minute to just fill time.

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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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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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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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Princeton, New Jersey
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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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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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Additional Information about Connecticut Historical Society

Address: 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Phone Number: 860-236-5621
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
Open Hours:
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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