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Connecticut Historical Society
Ranked #14 of 65 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.
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Use your hands to explore connecticuts history. This is a great place for visitors and children. It is very hands on. They have an exhibit on the amistad. They also have a sports exhibit. They have a children area. The gift shop is great. X rating 9.9

5  Thank JohnX269
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

I highly recommend visiting the museum if you live nearby and are looking for something to do on a rainy day. I can't recommend it for out-of-state tourists - not because it isn't a great spot, but if you have limited time in Connecticut, there are other, better things to do and see.

The building is fantastic and the grounds are pretty. It's located in a hideaway part of Hartford that most do not know about. The museum provides interesting displays taking visitors through time. My only gripe is that in some cases it could have focused a bit more on Connecticut rather than generic national trends. Otherwise, very compelling displays, activities for kids, nicely laid out. I particularly liked the CT maps that showed the towns and populations through our state's history. Great exhibits and staff is helpful.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

It is a great place to take the kids to have fun and even learn things about CT that you never knew! Your kids learn things while having fun! And if you are interested in learning more about your family and want to do a little genealogy on your family their research center open to the public is awesome.

6  Thank HartfordMom
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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.

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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.

6  Thank epicure7
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