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Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

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  • We have lived here for almost 30 yrs and drive by this gem day after day. Beautiful mansion with gorgeous wood paneling in the old Veeder Mansion. Main exhibit contains artifacts from the last 400 yrs...  more »
  • The CHS serves as the official statewide historical society of Connecticut. Can't believe it was established in Hartford in 1825, which I'm told is one of the oldest historical societies in the U.S. T...  more »
  • This is so worth the trip that we returned again this year. There is so much history here and there are such helpful people at this place that you should take the time to visit and do some research. J...  more »
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  • This place is a gem! The exhibits are beautiful and filled with amazing items from Connecticut's history. I have never seen such a diverse collection in such a beautiful setting. We spent about 4 hours in the museum. We are going back to check out the library next time. It was easy to get to and there's loads of safe, free parking.
  • An unexpected treasure! We've lived in the area for years and just went for the first time. I went with my five year old son, and expected it might be kind of dreary for him, but we both had a wonderful time. They have tons of clever hands on exhibits. These start at the entrance (where you can put a real acorn into jars to say whether you're a history nut, are a hard nut to crack, aren't sure, or your family is full of nuts--the last is most popular) and include colonial toys and clothes you can try, and places to time yourself as an assembly line worker putting together wwii mess kits. Plus the other exhibits, from a British soldier's red coat to an astronaut's model spacesuit made in Connecticut, were interesting and educational as well. This was one of the best, and, at $4 each, certainly the highest value, museum experiences we've had in the area.
  • I went there will my class as a trip with my teacher the collection of fashion was amazing in 1800 it was mind blow to see what people would where and there style of there houses which was amazing I would to go again for a another a great experiment all over again I want to thank all the staff at the museum for there good job for show everyone what it was like back then so Thank You Very Much.
  • Great layout with lots of history! You can easily spend a couple hours here and learn a lot!
  • The big sign said museum and looked interesting so we stopped to explore further. The first red flag we encountered was being charged $8.00 per person in a “not for profit” organization. Their bio says “Our mission is to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history through exhibitions, programs, and Connecticut-related collections, because improving knowledge of the past enhances understanding of the present and the ability to meet the challenges of the future.” As we started walking around we quickly realized we had been swindled out of our money. We thought the Katharine Hepburn exhibit upstairs would be interesting but as we walked through the windowless dark lit rooms all we saw were her old trousers and clothes, no pretty wax figures, no life-size posters of any of her movies, nothing. Thank goodness Katharine is not around to see her life’s work so poorly represented. The other two or three exhibits you could fit on a single shelf. Out of all the museums I have visited in the United States it’s the worst so please learn a history lesson from me and be sure to pick one of the other “real” museums if you want to see something interesting. I really should give it 1 star but I feel bad doing that.