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Connecticut Historical Society

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Address: 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2292
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+1 860-236-5621
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Tue - Thu 12:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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   Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a...

   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.

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We have lived here for almost 30 yrs and drive by this gem day after day. Beautiful mansion with gorgeous wood paneling in the old Veeder Mansion. Main exhibit contains artifacts... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
ndm685
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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110 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We have lived here for almost 30 yrs and drive by this gem day after day. Beautiful mansion with gorgeous wood paneling in the old Veeder Mansion. Main exhibit contains artifacts from the last 400 yrs if CT history. Bring your 4 th graders because it will cement their history coursework. Another exhibit explains the major invention discovered here- Hubbell... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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298 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

The CHS serves as the official statewide historical society of Connecticut. Can't believe it was established in Hartford in 1825, which I'm told is one of the oldest historical societies in the U.S. There is an exhibit here through January 14 which shows a history of CT shoes. These shoes tell a story here. They show early design techniques and... More 

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! Don't forget to pop in on Free First Saturday for admission to the museum and to check out our latest exhibit, "Connecticut Innovates!" More 

Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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250 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is so worth the trip that we returned again this year. There is so much history here and there are such helpful people at this place that you should take the time to visit and do some research. Just remember, not open on Mondays! We signed up for a behind the scenes tour and were blown away!! You can't... More 

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank YOU for including us in your vacation plans, Holley! Behind-The-Scenes tours are always a hit. If you’re still in Connecticut this weekend we have some creepy Behind-The-Scenes tours scheduled for Saturday. Visit our website for more info: CHS.org More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Lots of good CT info available here all the time. The history of the home itself is fascinating. There is a current exhibit (through Oct, I believe) about growing up in CT. As a very late baby boomer, this exhibit was a wonderful trip down memory lane!!

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, Kim! “Growing Up In Connecticut” will be open until October 15. We have free tours of the exhibit scheduled every Saturday! Hope to see you again soon! More 

Cupertino, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The complete history of the state is presented by walking through a series of linked rooms, each covering a portion of the state's history. The rooms are full of artifacts, maps and narrative text.

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! Our exhibit "Growing Up In Connecticut" will be open until October 15, then we're introducing an exciting, new exhibit. Follow us on Facebook to stay tuned! More 

California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Visited the CHS on two different days as they have a wealth of information stored here. There was a minimal charge to enter but well worth the money. The staff went out of their way to help me find information pertaining to my ancestors. The building was very clean and room temperature was comfortable. Easy parking available.

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We're lucky to have a wonderful team and will pass your kind words along. Don't forget about our free outdoor concert August 18—hope you can make it for a third trip! More 

Roy, WA
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

I visited Simsbury with my mom last summer and loved it! I'm back in New England again this summer and I made the trip to visit one of my favorite towns. Jim at the historical society was so kind and helpful...thank you! I can't wait to visit again!

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks visiting! It’s always nice to see out-of-state visitors. If you’re still in town this Thursday (7/21) be sure to check out our free outdoor concert—show starts at 6pm! Visit our website for more information. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Massapequa Park, New York
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The "Making Connecticut" exhibit is a fascinating walk through history; their history is part of the making of America. Lots of information to read and beautiful displays too.

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Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, Sandy! If you liked "Making Connecticut" you’ll love our upcoming exhibit, "Growing Up in Connecticut!" Visit our website for more information. More 

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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016

This was our first visit. Really nice place. Regular exhibit of CT history was well done, interesting and interactive for kids. Special exhibits were great, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach clothes. We will definitely go back.

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Thank Barbara K
Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! Beatrice Fox Auerbach was such a fun exhibit, glad you enjoyed. We’ve got a great interactive exhibit about childhood coming soon. Follow us on Facebook for updates and upcoming events, like our Summer Adventures program for kids! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

The Connecticut Historical Society has wonderful resources to study family and local history. I spent a day there using their collection of unique manuscripts. The staff was A+++ as far as knowledge, friendliness, and helpfulness. They carry a good selection of scholarly works on interesting historical topics in the gift shop. If you're a beginner, don't be intimidated, as there... More 

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Thank CleanWouldBeNice
Justine K, Guest Relations Manager at Connecticut Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We appreciate the wonderful feedback and will be sure to pass this along to our team. Our Research Center is a great tool for all kinds of research. We always encourage questions and our team is always ready to help! The Research Center is open Tuesday – Thursday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm and Friday – Saturday, 9:00... More 

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