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Connecticut State Library and State Archives

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Address: 231 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106-1548
Phone Number: 8607576500
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Fantastic Coin Exhibit

I hadn’t expected to find two modest coin cabinets in Memorial Hall. Some fluorescent bulbs were burned out and I didn’t notice any signage outside the cases. Expecting a modest... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 July 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I hadn’t expected to find two modest coin cabinets in Memorial Hall. Some fluorescent bulbs were burned out and I didn’t notice any signage outside the cases. Expecting a modest display of grandpa’s box of funny money, imagine my shock at seeing, first thing, a brilliant flashing 1907 Ultra High Relief St. Gaudens Double Eagle proof. This is a stunning... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I had traveled to Connecticut to do genealogical research and the Library offered so much that could not be found elsewhere. The staff was beyond helpful. Loved the card files and actually found a death record that I had been searching for, for over 13 years. If the staff had not given me the map showing the changing of the... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

I spent a couple of hours here on a Saturday morning. Street parking on Saturdays is free and they open a parking lot that is usually for staff. The building is relatively deserted and you have to find the correct doorway to enter, but if you follow the directions carefully, it is all good. I could have spent two days... More 

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1 Thank Susan M
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

This is THE place to study Connecticut history and genealogy. Their collections are unparalleled, much of it unique. The staff is friendly and helpful. Do walk upstairs to the law library and the wonderful small museum. Can't beat the price, which is free!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

The support staff and the materials are outstanding. I was researching the 1870s and the newspaper on site materials were incredibly helpful. Off site materials can be ordered and delivered within a day or so. The rules for the use of archive materials are apprpriately enforced. I did not visit the museum. The interior needs to be restored and regilted... More 

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

The State of Connecticut has opened the renovated Library filling it with artifacts and historic memorablia. It's a pleasant diversion for a history buff but don't go out of you way to visit. It'll be there when you want to walk by

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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Wow one of the best Library's in Connecticut, it has a wonderful Colt Gun Museum that shares how the west was won! It also has a lot of Connecticut history and art. A must see for the whole family.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

We were here doing genealogical research. The staff was friendly, very cooperative in their help and it is a great resource for research of Connecticut colonial families.

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1 Thank Al M
Providence, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

I love all museums. While I had a good experience at this attraction, I was disappointed in the condition of the exhibits and the fact that it doesn't look like it has been updated in 50 years except to put a posted of Ella Grasso on top of an old voting booth maybe 35 years ago. When you walk in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

I am doing research on my Great Great Uncle who served in the Civil War. Lots of resources and lots of nice people to help you out. Have to go back to look at more books and papers.

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