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“Wonderful, Educational Museum”

Connecticut River Museum
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The museum covers the maritime history of the Connecticut River Valley.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We love this place. As soon as you walk thru the front door you are greeted with warmth. The beautiful history of photos and exhibits are so educational. The setting is beautiful on the Connecticut River. We took a few evening presentations on the history of the war of 1812.
Last night we took the evening sunset cruise on the Mary E. The cruise was lovely. The crew the best. What a wonderful place with so many things going on.

Thank Harley M
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

If you are in Essex, be sure to visit this museum. It has 3 floors filled with information about Connecticut River history, all beautifully displaced with clear easy-to-read explanations. Also, you can have a look at an early submarine and learn about the war of 1812 -and a battle the British won. Best of all, the views of each window are spectacular. For adults and children.

Thank cap25
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

The museum is a little small but very well done. 3 floors of exhibits telling the history of the Connecticut River from the Revolution till the present. Great artists exhibit of warships from the war of 1812. Great aerial photographs of various bridges towns etc of the Connecticut River from Vermont and New Hampshire down to Connecticut. There is a beautiful schooner that goes out fro a 1 1/2 hour cruise on the river, which we plan to do another time. (This costs extra)

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

A stop in Essex, CT is well worth it for the classic New England town, and the museum is an excellent focal point. The well-presented small museum sits on the banks of the historic Connecticut River whose story it tells. Then stroll the town to see the multiple well-preserved 18th century buildings where much of the history took place. Pick up a sentence from Olive Oyl's, and sit in the park overlooking the river.

Thank Marc B
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

The Connecticut River was the historic main artery for New England. It's rich in natural beauty and very rich in history. So, why were they only able to fill 3 small floors with exhibits?

I don't know where to start. Very little about the natural beauty of the river. Very little about the native American tribes who lived along the shores. Very little about the Revolutionary war. Etc.

The exhibits they did have were surface information; not much depth. The exception was the War of 1812 and the British raid on Essex, CT. That exhibit was very good.

Small points of interest: a model of the Revolutionary war submarine, The Turtle. A map of the river running down the stairs with points of interest noted (like the longest covered bridge in the world in Windsor, VT- yes, we plan a visit).

Sorry, other than that, just didn't find very much and wasn't worth the $7 (discounted) admission.

Thank Gene M
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