Visit for Two or Four to Connecticut River Museum (Up to 53% Off)

Essex Village

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History museums instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with this Groupon.

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  • $8 for admission for two adults (up to a $16 value)
  • $15 for admission for a family of four (up to a $32 value)

The natural and anthropological history of the river is unveiled through a tour of the museum's exhibits and grounds. Alternatively, guests can opt to visit one of the temporary special exhibitions on display, which change frequently.

Connecticut River Museum

The Connecticut River spans 410 miles from the border of Canada to Long Island Sound. Inside the Connecticut River Museum, visitors can span that space through exhibits that tell the stories of the river and the people who have lived along it. Aerial photographs and a large mural depict the evolution of the river communities through time, and the “On the Great River” exhibit showcases the early history of the river through artifacts and works of art. A reproduction of David Bushnell’s “Turtle” allows visitors to get up close to the submarine, turn the propeller, and pump the ballast intake. A huge mural, cannonballs, and ship fragments recall the night in April, 1814 when British forces traveled upriver and burned the privateer fleet in Essex. The river played a key role in the development of towns and cities in New England, providing everything as transportation routes to waterpower.

Along with long term and special exhibits, the Museum offers educational programs for adults and children as well as seasonal boat cruises up the River. Cruises travel along the lower river valley, labeled one of America’s last great places by the Nature Conservancy.


Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “Was a wonderful museum, very informative and gave us great history about the river region.”

  • “The new look and exhibits were very good and the map of the river in the stairwells was very interesting.”

  • “Nice spot for a picnic lunch and the paintings in the stairwells are awesome!”


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    Essex Village

    67 Main St

    Essex, Connecticut 06426

    860-767-8269

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In a Nutshell

Explore the history and sights of the Connecticut River as displayed in a refurbished 1878 steamboat warehouse

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid with any other offer. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Experiences that expand cultural awareness, such as museums, tours, and literature