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Connecticut River Museum

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Address: 67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1150
Phone Number: +1 860-767-8269
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Fascinating River History and a Sub You Didn't Know About

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
David F
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Naples, Florida

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Naples, Florida
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91 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 

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Bloomfield, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank jwhit2016
Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Barbara G
Monroe, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Timothy R
in NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 

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Thank Kitsaattheshore
St Ives, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Tony S
Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Don't go here expecting to see a historic warehouse or boat yard. It is, however, a very well done story of the river and its place in history and culture, and you will probably find it fascinating. Follow the displays through the first and second floor, and you will be taken on a trip through time and place full of... More 

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Thank ConnecticutLocavore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We expected the museum to primarily focus on the mouth of the river, and local history. As it turned out, it covers from where it begins in northern NH, until it empties into the sea. Having lived in and visited many of the cities, towns and villages along the banks of the river we found it fascinating and spent a... More 

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Thank Robert M
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

This museum was beautiful, in the beautiful town of historic essex. The location really helps because you feel after walking around the town that the entire experience is worth the [atleast] 9 dollar museum admission, but the museum itself did not have too much to offer. It was a beautiful museum that had gorgeous canvas prints and displays to outline... More 

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Thank Amberleigh M
Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

At the end of Main Street in Essex, sits a great little museum that tells the history of the Connecticut River. Three floors of information brings new life to a river that I have lived close to for over 50 years. The color photos of the major towns along the river are amazing. The models of the steam powered ships... More 

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