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Connecticut River Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Good summary of river history; beautiful river view

Stopped by after hearing about the museum online. The museum is small but has exhibits ranging... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
New York
A gem of a museum in Essex

After going to Essex for many, many years we finally visited the Museum. There are 3 floors of... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2018
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.
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67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1150
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

You can tour this museum in about 45 minutes and see everything including the gift shop. Not impressive, to say the least. Yes, the "turtle" is unique, but the rest of the museum is lackluster. Full disclosure: I am an American history buff. Wish I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2018

Stopped by after hearing about the museum online. The museum is small but has exhibits ranging from colonial times and tobacco growing through the War of 1812 and into the riverboat and industrial times. In the era of planes, trains, and automobiles, it's easy to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

After going to Essex for many, many years we finally visited the Museum. There are 3 floors of exhibits covering Essex history, area history CT River Valley history and other subjects. On the first floor is a replica of the Turtle Submarine which is the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2018

We live in Connecticut, and during Summer trying to visit all our favorite places over and over again. The CT River museum together with their sailing cruises is the poor gem, fun for the damily and kids. You obviously cannot miss it, if you visit...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank arthurbanga
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

There is a several story structure where you can see exhibits and photos of the river. You can tour the Onrust, a ship docked next to the museum. The ship also goes out on the river in the afternoon, weather permitting. It's a great spot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Good historical stop along the CT River relates local history. Good exhibits, boats, models, and artwork tell the real story of Essex.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We spent a pleasant couple of hours here learning avout the local history. there are some brilliant photos in here with great exhibits too.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 20 February 2018

Three floors of interesting history here! The third floor has a spectacular train display that is worth the price of admission just to see this one exhibit. So much detail and such big long trains going around a few different tracks. They even have steam...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank NewEnglandTraveler23
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Took my grandsons there to get out of the rain and explore something different. They were able to run around, touch and explore everything. Self guided with no rush. Went back to look at somethings twice. We had a great time!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank loriastringer3884
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Very well done and worth a visit! The location is right on the water and would be even nicer in summer so you could sit outside and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Cheryll O
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Response from LBSacramento | Reviewed this property |
The Mary E. Schooner is no longer in Essex. It's back in Maine from whence it came. However, the museum still has cruises, same schedule as before on a 1614 replica of a sailing ship the Onrust. Do make advance... More