Connecticut River Museum


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Museum housed in a refurbished 1878 steamboat warehouse plays host to a 26-foot model-train layout filled with working locomotives

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  • $10 for admission for two adults to the Holiday Train Show ($18 value)
  • $17 for admission for a family of four to the Holiday Train Show ($32 value)

The train show lasts until Tuesday, February 17. The 21st annual iteration of the exhibit, which was created by train artist Steve Cryan, features 26 feet of fully operational model trains and scenery. Visitors can complete an I Spy scavenger hunt of items hidden in the display, and a smaller layout is perfect for toddlers to observe.

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.

Customer Reviews

We go every year especially during the Christmas season to see both the museum and the train layout. Always great and the local town to great to walk around to see the local decorations.
Judi L. · January 27, 2017
great train show. the location is also very quaint and serene. $10 for 2 was a great deal. you learn a lot about the Connecticut River by visiting this museum
Srijan C. · January 24, 2017
It was very nice and right on the waterfront. It was a little smaller than I expected, but on the top floor there was a miniature train display and that was really neat for all of us!
Frances A. · January 23, 2017
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