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Connecticut River Museum

Discover the heritage and natural beauty of the Connecticut River. Explore the exhibits, wander the waterfront, take a cruise on the Onrust, or rent a canoe for a river paddle!

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Discover New England's great river at the Connecticut River Museum, located on the waterfront in historic Essex village. Take an "art walk" of the River's 410 mile course from northern New Hampshire to Long Island Sound in the Vertical Gallery with amazing aerial photography and a whimsical mural. Climb aboard Turtle, the world's first submarine used during the American Revolution. Experience the 1814 British raid on Essex, journey through time to the age of steamboats and wooden ships. 

Explore the natural beauty and rich heritage of the Connecticut River on an afternoon or sunset cruise aboard the Onrust, a replica of Adriaen Block's 1614 vessel, from June through October.  Take an EagleWatch boat tour in February and March and get an up close view of majestic bald eagles as they winter in the lower River Valley. Or, sign up for a canoe and kayak paddle to explore local marshes and tributaries with Connecticut River Museum educators, June through September. 

Special events and exhibits include the Privateers Bash (March), Burning of the Ships Commemoration (May), RiverFare (May/June), the Antique and Classic Boat Show (July), Thursdays on the Dock (July - August), Fall Ball (September), Dogs on the Docks (October), Trees In The Rigging Boat Parade (November) and the Holiday Train Show (November - February). The Museum Shop features a wide selection of maritime gifts, books, jewelry, and toys.

The museum's Education Department offers a wide variety of history, biology and ecology programs for school groups, and also offers day camps during april vacation and the summer months.

Tour time: 1 hour


Other amenities: dining nearby, parking, self-guided tours, special packages


Pricing: Adults $10, seniors $8, students $7, children (6-12) $6, 5 and under free.

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, ADA Compliant, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Meeting/Event Facilities, Senior Discounts, Special Rentals



67 Main St.
Steamboat Dock
Essex, CT 06426


Memorial Day- Columbus Day, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Mondays September- May.

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