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“Learn about Ct. history”

Connecticut Historical Society
Ranked #12 of 64 things to do in Hartford
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Owner description: 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.
West Hartford, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Learn about Ct. history”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

This is an excellent place to learn about Ct history for students, teachers, and families. They also have special exhibits that are very educational.

Thank Boomertraveller1948
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Bolton, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Don't miss their "Behind the Scene's" Tours!”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

Try to go when they have their "Behind the Scene" tours. You will learn all about the construction of the house, the original owners background, and see all the downstairs mechanical equipment that is usually off limits. The men in our group loved seeing the original steam boiler and whole house vacuum system. The second tour takes you into their collection rooms, with several highlighted items. You will learn all about how they collect Connecticut things, and how they take care to preserve them. Check their website to see when they hold these tours, and to find out what their current exhibits showcase. We have learned a lot about the State of Connecticut from their interesting exhibits, particularly about CT made furniture.

Visited March 2012
6 Thank epicure7
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Rhodes, Greece
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“History Rules!”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

There is one and only one MAJOR place to find so much Connecticut history. Whether you are looking for programs, displays, or just the library of hundreds of thousands of documents that have been donated or are part of CHS's collection, you will look back in awe at your day at Connecticut Historical Society. Grounds are beautiful; parking is easy; traffic to get there is challenging if you come during normal work commute times.

6 Thank CTJodi
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Level 6 Contributor
319 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“A great place to go.”
Reviewed February 6, 2012

The historical society is a great place to go to get an overview of Connecticut history. The exhibit on the settling of Connecticut is geared for people of all ages, including kids. There is an exhibit on early furniture-making in Connecticut. There are also exhibits that change periodically. Don't miss the room full of old tavern signs; it is a fabulous collection, with booklets giving the explanation of all the symbolism. The museum building is an old mansion that is also worth seeing. The library is first-rate and a great place for genealogical research. All in all, the museum is very professional and up to date, focused on making history fun for everyone, and full of beautiful and interesting things.

Visited February 2012
9 Thank ConnecticutLocavore
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