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“New England tour 2013”

Connecticut River Museum
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.
cheshire
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“New England tour 2013”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

we visited the museum as part of the clipper excursion. It was ok to pass the time while waiting to sail but would not visit it on it's own. Taking the clipper up the river was a great experience and the crew were very knowledgeable on the area

Visited August 2013
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Lynchburg, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

The museum is a gem. The Connecticut River was unknown to me. I learned so much about its physical properties, history, lore and hope for the future. The exhibit of the Turtle submarine was fascinating, I just had to climb into it and get the feeling of its inventor. My husband and I were grateful for the elevator. Now that we have come home to VA we have told many about the great little museum in Essex, CT.

Visited September 2013
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Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Major changes here since my last visit”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

I was here about ten years ago. The museum has greatly improved its exhibits. I particularly liked the photographic images of the Connecticut river that adorn the stair case. There is a map of the rivr that winds up the interior of the staircase so you can see where the images on the opposite wall are located. The model of the Turtle submarine has been improved and now you get a sense of how this early submarine functioned. The current exhibit is all about crossing the Connecticut river and its bridge history. It was very interesting. It's worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

Visited September 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
403 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Small, but interesting museum”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

This was great for me who knew very little about this area.
The top floor exhibit on Connecticut River bridges was wonderful. You will learn a lot whether you're a tourist or an engineer. It was a comprehensive description with many pictures of how people have dealt with a large river bisecting their communities.
The exhibit on the Turtle submarine is excellent. The exhibit is sufficiently small that you can get close enough to see how it really worked.
This is a well sized museum for an hour or so. It's interesting without being overwhelming.
They have a wheelchair (and elevator) available for people for whom stairs and/or walking are an issue.

Visited August 2013
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Bogart, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great history lesson”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

I have been to Essex a handful of times but never knew this was there.
Very interesting it was not just about Connecticut. It was about the whole river from the Canadian boarder to Long Island Sound. Some amazing picture.
If you have the time it is worth going.

Visited July 2013
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