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Connecticut River Museum

67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1150
+1 860-767-8269
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A treasure and "must photo" site

The Connecticut River Museum highlights the path of the Connecticut River and historic events that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Very Nice Little Museum

The first floor is the strongest with a good review of the British raid on Essex and reconstruction... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1150
+1 860-767-8269
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Connecticut River Museum highlights the path of the Connecticut River and historic events that occurred since the colonial period that involved the river. It often has special art exhibits and houses a fine gift shop. The museum offers presentations on occasion about particular events,...More

Thank LBSacramento
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first floor is the strongest with a good review of the British raid on Essex and reconstruction of the submarine that let's experience the first attempted submersible attack. The second floor is about the life of the river as center of commerce and it's...More

1  Thank Jackalcall
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This museum features in-depth exhibits involving the CT river, trade, ecosystem, fish, and lots more. Great place for tourists to visit. Plenty of parking, and knowledgeable exhibits.

1  Thank auntiearwen
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We were there before they opened and had a wonderful walk on the docks with our granddaughters. Beautiful views of the Connecticut River. Museum was great!!

1  Thank Dodie G
Reviewed 6 February 2017

This is a very nice museum with information regarding the history of the CT river. Includes full size example of the 'Turtle' submarine, information regarding the English destroying 27 american ships near Essex, travels up the river. We even got to see a really great...More

1  Thank James N
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a very well put together museum - lots of interesting history, particularly of a War of 1812 battle that is not well known. We also enjoyed the train exhibit on the top floor that is there certain times of the year.

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 26 October 2016

This gem of a museum shows the past and present of what the native Americans called the "Long Tidal River." Most Connecticut residents don't realize how large the shipbuilding industry was. In addition to a fine collection of river photos and art, there is a...More

1  Thank David F
Reviewed 24 October 2016

A fall trip to the River Museum in Essex was a delight in everyway. The staff was helpful and enthusiatic....the displays well done and interesting. We added a one hour river sail on the schooner Mary E. The young crew worked, sang and informed -...More

Thank jwhit2016
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Go in November when the model train is set up-- you will love it! Lots of history here -- explore and enjoy.

1  Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 15 October 2016

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting the museum the first week in October. The staff were most friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the many historical displays, the video on the history of the Connecticut River, and the numerous high quality ship...More

1  Thank Timothy R
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