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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...

   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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History Buffs Hiddem Gem in the City

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
New Britain, Connecticut
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Haven J
West Hartford, Connecticut
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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 

3 Thank Berta611
New Britain, Connecticut
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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
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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 

3 Thank worldsosweet
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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 

2 Thank Bethany B
Farmington, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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!

5 Thank Elise R
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 

8 Thank JimConnecticut1
CT, United States
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3 reviews
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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.

7 Thank Jay R
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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!

7 Thank Donna S
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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.

8 Thank FrankieRes

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