Discover the exciting history and spectacular environment of New England’s Great River at the
Connecticut River Museum, located in beautiful Essex Village. Bring your family and explore the
exhibits! Climb aboard a replica of the Turtle submarine and find out what it was like to be a
submarine pilot during the American Revolution. Walk all 410 miles of the River as you travel our
vertical gallery filled with fantastic aerial photos and a whimsical mural of the River. Learn the stories
of people and the River from Native Americans through the present in our three floors of exhibits.
Complete your visit with a picnic lunch and a chance to run around on the Museum’s riverfront lawn.
The Connecticut River Museum offers seasonal exhibits and programs as well. Come November –
February for the magic of our annual Holiday Train Show; visit in February and March to see the
wintering Bald Eagles on one of our EagleWatch Boat Tours; and spend a summer day sailing on the
River on the historic wooden schooner Mary E.
Summer Camps – Each summer the museum offers six weeks of themed Summer Adventure Camps.
Each week-long day camp offers a chance to explore history and nature. Camps are appropriate for
children ages 6-12. For more information please see the museum website.
School and Youth Programs – The museum serves schools from across Connecticut with
interdisciplinary, hands-on workshops at the museum and at schools. Programs connect language
arts, social studies and science curriculum standards and offer opportunities for kids to experience
local history and environmental science in connection with the Connecticut River. Scout groups also
visit the museum to do workshops related to a wide range of badges, patches and other awards.
The Museum offers opportunities for facility rentals for weddings, receptions, anniversaries and
other family events.
The Museum is located in the historic Steamboat Dock building. The building meets ADA
requirements all floors are accessible by elevator.
Memorial Day – Columbus Day: Open Daily from 10:00 – 5:00
Columbus Day – Memorial Day: Open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00-5:00 (closed Mondays)
The Museum accepts VISA, MC and Discover cards.
Free onsite parking is available.