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Connecticut River Museum, Essex

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  • The first floor is the strongest with a good review of the British raid on Essex and reconstruction of the submarine that let's experience the first attempted submersible attack. The second floor is a...  more »
  • This museum features in-depth exhibits involving the CT river, trade, ecosystem, fish, and lots more. Great place for tourists to visit. Plenty of parking, and knowledgeable exhibits.  more »
  • We were there before they opened and had a wonderful walk on the docks with our granddaughters. Beautiful views of the Connecticut River. Museum was great!!  more »
  • A little museum with a big punch, especially if you're maritime oriented. The instructional materials are interesting and informative, particularly with regard to the Essex Village place in historic. My favorite item is the pedal power submarine that worked but never did deliver its explosives to the enemy ship. Alas, but what a story!
  • This s place is small but full of interesting things. There is a historic replica if the Turtle which was the first "submarine". You can get river tours to see Eagles and other bird life on river. Go around Christmas to see train show. Staff is friendly & helpful.
  • Great location, and friendly staff. I can't recommend a visit to downtown Essex enough, or the view of the river from the museum. The museum itself however was a bit of a letdown - there was a lot of interesting things to read - however if you enjoy more visual exhibits like me then you may be underwhelmed. While I have never participated, the hands on activities offered by the museum seem fun, and we always enjoy attending the antique boat shows.
  • Nice place to visit while seeing the area.
  • This was fun to explore but I'm glad I got a student discount because it is really small and the only thing that was really interesting was the special exhibit of trains that was there.