Connecticut River Museum

Essex

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Museum housed in a refurbished 1878 steamboat warehouse plays host to a pirate-themed party commemorating the War of 1812’s privateers

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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

Efficient and informative and helpful
Catherine M. · October 12, 2016
We used a tandem kayak for about an hour. Staff was helpful and pleasant, even shoved the boat in the water and pulled it back out for us. Great experience!
Lauren · October 8, 2016
The staff is so friendly and helpful. My kids and I had a blast and the area has many nice shops, restaurants, and ice cream parlors.
Christopher J. · September 18, 2016
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    Essex

    67 Main Street

    Essex, CT 06426

    +18607678269

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