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“A Great Little Museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Connecticut River Museum

Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
860-767-8269
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Essex
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.
cape cod, mass
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27 reviews 27 reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“A Great Little Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you are in Essex, be sure to visit this museum. It has 3 floors filled with information about Connecticut River history, all beautifully displaced with clear easy-to-read explanations. Also, you can have a look at an early submarine and learn about the war of 1812 -and a battle the British won. Best of all, the views of each window are spectacular. For adults and children.

Visited May 2014
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Newington, Connecticut
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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“a gem in Connecticut”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The museum is a little small but very well done. 3 floors of exhibits telling the history of the Connecticut River from the Revolution till the present. Great artists exhibit of warships from the war of 1812. Great aerial photographs of various bridges towns etc of the Connecticut River from Vermont and New Hampshire down to Connecticut. There is a beautiful schooner that goes out fro a 1 1/2 hour cruise on the river, which we plan to do another time. (This costs extra)

Visited May 2014
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Washington, DC
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“A Fine Small Museum in a Beautiful New England Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

A stop in Essex, CT is well worth it for the classic New England town, and the museum is an excellent focal point. The well-presented small museum sits on the banks of the historic Connecticut River whose story it tells. Then stroll the town to see the multiple well-preserved 18th century buildings where much of the history took place. Pick up a sentence from Olive Oyl's, and sit in the park overlooking the river.

Visited May 2014
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Windsor, Connecticut
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“Expected More”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The Connecticut River was the historic main artery for New England. It's rich in natural beauty and very rich in history. So, why were they only able to fill 3 small floors with exhibits?

I don't know where to start. Very little about the natural beauty of the river. Very little about the native American tribes who lived along the shores. Very little about the Revolutionary war. Etc.

The exhibits they did have were surface information; not much depth. The exception was the War of 1812 and the British raid on Essex, CT. That exhibit was very good.

Small points of interest: a model of the Revolutionary war submarine, The Turtle. A map of the river running down the stairs with points of interest noted (like the longest covered bridge in the world in Windsor, VT- yes, we plan a visit).

Sorry, other than that, just didn't find very much and wasn't worth the $7 (discounted) admission.

Visited April 2014
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Essex, Connecticut
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“Fun Museum right on the Connecticut River”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

What a great way to learn about this historic community's role in the Revolution and the War of 1812, when the British burned a fleet of ships being built on this spot and locals harassed them as they tried to flee. Their are murals, models and actual artifacts on display. See the "Turtle" a recreation of an early submarine. Children can enter the sub, take turns at an old steering wheel and see the old ship models. At Christmastime, there is a wonderful model train display as well.

Visited December 2013
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