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Connecticut State Library and State Archives

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Address: 231 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Ct should restore this gem

The support staff and the materials are outstanding. I was researching the 1870s and the newspaper on site materials were incredibly helpful. Off site materials can be ordered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2015
Jerandnanc
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
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162 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

The support staff and the materials are outstanding. I was researching the 1870s and the newspaper on site materials were incredibly helpful. Off site materials can be ordered and delivered within a day or so. The rules for the use of archive materials are apprpriately enforced. I did not visit the museum. The interior needs to be restored and regilted... More 

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The State of Connecticut has opened the renovated Library filling it with artifacts and historic memorablia. It's a pleasant diversion for a history buff but don't go out of you way to visit. It'll be there when you want to walk by

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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Wow one of the best Library's in Connecticut, it has a wonderful Colt Gun Museum that shares how the west was won! It also has a lot of Connecticut history and art. A must see for the whole family.

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1 Thank TheVoiceofCT
Princeton, New Jersey
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49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We were here doing genealogical research. The staff was friendly, very cooperative in their help and it is a great resource for research of Connecticut colonial families.

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1 Thank Al M
Providence, Rhode Island
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217 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I love all museums. While I had a good experience at this attraction, I was disappointed in the condition of the exhibits and the fact that it doesn't look like it has been updated in 50 years except to put a posted of Ella Grasso on top of an old voting booth maybe 35 years ago. When you walk in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I am doing research on my Great Great Uncle who served in the Civil War. Lots of resources and lots of nice people to help you out. Have to go back to look at more books and papers.

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1 Thank parmalat
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I visited this place with a group of friends, all students of history. This place with its collection of newspapers, directories and a host of other archives interested me a lot! It was an amazing feeling to go through some of the collection which were very old but were equally valuable. Great information on the Revolutionary War Period! Am Glad... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This place is a real treat but is almost always empty. The old newspaper clippings are a wonder to behold. I found where my Grandfather had his Paint Store & my aunt's wedding announcement.

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3 Thank ricobee
Unionville, Connecticut
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The place to go to research early times in Connecticut, New England, or the United State. Great place to research a term paper (which I did). One of a kind books that offer information that you cannot get elsewhere. Many other facets to observe, other collections such as early coinage.

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Hartford, CT
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Across Capital Avenue from the State Capitol is a building housing the State Library and Archives, the State Supreme Court, and tucked away, a wonderful museum. The Colt gun display alone is worth the trip, but there is much else to see.

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