Connecticut River Museum


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Take in the Connecticut River’s wildlife and surrounding landmarks while aboard a schooner

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Promotional value expires Oct 26, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required, 24 hour advance notice required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 2 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in one visit. Subject to change without notice due to weather and other circumstances. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $39 for a 90-minute weekday schooner cruise for two ($60 value)
  • $45 for a Thursday evening sunset cruise for two ($70 value)

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

Great staff and fun trip. We saw eagles and swans. Be sure to dress warm if it is cool as the boat is all open. We enjoyed this very much.
Fran J. · October 11, 2014
Very interesting
Rosemary W. · August 25, 2014
It was small but interesting and had some nice interactive features for kids.
Susanne M. · March 21, 2017
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    67 Main Street

    Essex, CT 06426


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