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Connecticut River Museum

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Address: 67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1150
Phone Number: 860-767-8269
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

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Don't go here expecting to see a historic warehouse or boat yard. It is, however, a very well done story of the river and its place in history and culture, and you will probably... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't go here expecting to see a historic warehouse or boat yard. It is, however, a very well done story of the river and its place in history and culture, and you will probably find it fascinating. Follow the displays through the first and second floor, and you will be taken on a trip through time and place full of... More 

Thank ConnecticutLocavore
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We expected the museum to primarily focus on the mouth of the river, and local history. As it turned out, it covers from where it begins in northern NH, until it empties into the sea. Having lived in and visited many of the cities, towns and villages along the banks of the river we found it fascinating and spent a... More 

Thank Robert M
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This museum was beautiful, in the beautiful town of historic essex. The location really helps because you feel after walking around the town that the entire experience is worth the [atleast] 9 dollar museum admission, but the museum itself did not have too much to offer. It was a beautiful museum that had gorgeous canvas prints and displays to outline... More 

Thank Amberleigh M
Venice, Florida
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

At the end of Main Street in Essex, sits a great little museum that tells the history of the Connecticut River. Three floors of information brings new life to a river that I have lived close to for over 50 years. The color photos of the major towns along the river are amazing. The models of the steam powered ships... More 

Thank PapaLewis13
Essex, Connecticut
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Lovely location, great to bring guests to show the town. Staff is friendly and helpful. Views are also amazing

Thank juliecarter221
Essex, Connecticut
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

this is a great experience of the connecticut river valley. and additional stories of american history in and around connecticut river including the burning of american ships by the british in essex,,ct

Thank ebgreene12016
Branford, Connecticut
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102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Fun little Museum. All ages. Great CT river pics up both staircases, start of river in upper Vermont to ending in LI sound.. lots of activity. Bought a couple nice prints.

Thank corrinesdad
Stony Point, NY
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

The museum intermingles presentation and interactive displays . 3 floors afford them the opportunity to.somewhat, classify topics. The use of time progression makes it easier to follow how the history unfolded. Volunteers are pleasant and helpful. Gift shop had some different things.

Thank Kat_NY1
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

A great local museum with permanent and rotating exhibits on lots of different aspects of the CT River. Trips on the River on board the schooner Mary E during the summer & fall give you a fabulous way to get on the water & enjoy the views. For those staying nearby, summer day camps provide a great opportunity to learn... More 

Thank PamV45
Danbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

this is a very detailed train set up. holiday fun......we really enjoyed watching the kids be entertained .

Thank sdMarianobrothersinc

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