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Connecticut Historical Society

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Address: 1 Elizabeth St, Hartford, CT 06105-2292
Phone Number: 860-236-5621
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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   Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a...

   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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A Society worth visiting

Visited the CHS on two different days as they have a wealth of information stored here. There was a minimal charge to enter but well worth the money. The staff went out of their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Shalynne
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California
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited the CHS on two different days as they have a wealth of information stored here. There was a minimal charge to enter but well worth the money. The staff went out of their way to help me find information pertaining to my ancestors. The building was very clean and room temperature was comfortable. Easy parking available.

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Thank Shalynne
Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We're lucky to have a wonderful team and will pass your kind words along. Don't forget about our free outdoor concert August 18—hope you can make it for a third trip! More 

Roy, WA
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76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Simsbury with my mom last summer and loved it! I'm back in New England again this summer and I made the trip to visit one of my favorite towns. Jim at the historical society was so kind and helpful...thank you! I can't wait to visit again!

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Thank Whooptink
Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks visiting! It’s always nice to see out-of-state visitors. If you’re still in town this Thursday (7/21) be sure to check out our free outdoor concert—show starts at 6pm! Visit our website for more information. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Massapequa Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The "Making Connecticut" exhibit is a fascinating walk through history; their history is part of the making of America. Lots of information to read and beautiful displays too.

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, Sandy! If you liked "Making Connecticut" you’ll love our upcoming exhibit, "Growing Up in Connecticut!" Visit our website for more information. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This was our first visit. Really nice place. Regular exhibit of CT history was well done, interesting and interactive for kids. Special exhibits were great, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach clothes. We will definitely go back.

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Thank Barbara K
Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! Beatrice Fox Auerbach was such a fun exhibit, glad you enjoyed. We’ve got a great interactive exhibit about childhood coming soon. Follow us on Facebook for updates and upcoming events, like our Summer Adventures program for kids! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

The Connecticut Historical Society has wonderful resources to study family and local history. I spent a day there using their collection of unique manuscripts. The staff was A+++ as far as knowledge, friendliness, and helpfulness. They carry a good selection of scholarly works on interesting historical topics in the gift shop. If you're a beginner, don't be intimidated, as there... More 

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Thank CleanWouldBeNice
Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We appreciate the wonderful feedback and will be sure to pass this along to our team. Our Research Center is a great tool for all kinds of research. We always encourage questions and our team is always ready to help! The Research Center is open Tuesday – Thursday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm and Friday – Saturday, 9:00... More 

Connecticut
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

I came here originally for Artspace Hartford and it was great! I ended up walking through the building to look at the exhibits they have! It was fun! The people are super kind and eager to help!

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Thank ErikaDuenas
Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Hi Erika! Thank you for visiting, we’ll be sure to pass the compliment along to our team. We update our exhibits on a regular basis so there's always something new to see! Follow us on Facebook for upcoming events, exhibits and tours—we offer behind-the-scenes tours that bring you to places in the museum visitors don't get to see on a... More 

Andover, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

Specifically went to see the Beatrice Fox Auerbach exhibit. Also saw the Downton Abbey experience in Connecticut exhibit as well as what it was like in Connecticut from the time of the Native Americans till today. excellent museum definitely plan to take other friends there again in the future and intend to use the libraryfor genealogical research.

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! If you liked Beatrice Fox Auerbach you'll love our upcoming events related to the exhibit—we have presentations, behind-the-scenes tours, and guided tours of the exhibit. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website for more information. More 

Whittier, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

I went to the Connecticut Historical Society to do family history research. The staff was friendly and very helpful. I have many early Connecticut ancestors and spent several hours in the library. They have a great collection and make it very easy to access and use their materials. I didn't get a chance to see the museum exhibits on this... More 

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Aliza! We’ll share with our team, they’d love to hear the great feedback. Our Research Center is a great place to find out more about your family and Connecticut history. Follow us on Facebook for updates about our latest exhibits! More 

Darien, Connecticut
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

As with some of our other reviews, we didn't have impetus to visit this site until visitors came from out-of-state. We didn't allocate enough time for this, but will likely be back soon. The exhibit of "50 Objects/50 Stories" was a fascinating glimpse into the history of things gone on in CT. The house itself was pretty interesting; but the... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

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 

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