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Connecticut River Museum

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Address: 67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1150
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+1 860-767-8269
09:00 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.

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Learn about the CT river, including trade and the ecosystem

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... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Haddam, CT
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Haddam, CT
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 13 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.

Thank auntiearwen
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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52 reviews
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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!!

Thank Dodie G
Guilford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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 train display that was going on, very large.

Thank James N
Iowa City, Iowa
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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.

Thank David B
Naples, Florida
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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 replica of the Turtle, the first submarine. It was built built in 1776 in Old... More 

Thank David F
Bloomfield, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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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 - wonderful. Lunch was at Marley's (Jamaican/pub food)... delicious. All in all highley recommended.

Thank jwhit2016
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24 attraction reviews
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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.

Thank Barbara G
Monroe, Connecticut
2 reviews
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 models showing what transportation looked like on the river in the distant past. This isn't... More 

Thank Timothy R
in NJ
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

We were in the area to do the train/ferry & decided to check out the area. This is a lovely museum on the banks of the Connecticut River. The building is a rebuilt 1878 steamboat warehouse. They have a very interesting replica of the Turtle a device used during the Revolutionary War, you can sit in it & operate while... More 

Thank Kitsaattheshore
St Ives, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

The museum covers the history of the whole of the Connecticut river. It overlooks the river and is a delightful spot to watch the boats and the water. The museum is quite interesting with displays on three floors, with a lift as well as stairs . There did not appear to be a huge number of original artefacts. The copy... More 

Thank Tony S

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