Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Connecticut River Museum

The Connecticut River Museum offers a beautiful waterfront venue for your wedding in the heart of Essex Village, Connecticut. The museum’s historic buildings and waterfront campus offer charming, rustic spaces for your wedding ceremony and reception. The Museum's Event Coordinator is more than happy to arrange a time for you to visit and assist in the event planning process.

Facilities and Capacity
The Connecticut River Museum offers spaces for indoor and outdoor weddings. Overlooking the Essex Harbor, the 18th century Samuel Lay House lawn on the hill can accommodate roughly 150 guests for an outdoor tented wedding and offers wonderful vista views of the river. It is set-back a bit from the river which offers a little more privacy without missing a waterfront experience. This beautiful antique home has a parlor room for the bride to retreat to before/after the ceremony.

The Museum's River Front lawn, outlined with a boardwalk, is often used for larger tented events of roughly 150 guests. Directly on the Connecticut River, guests will enjoy river breezes, watch colorful sailboats and remember the fun they had at a very special place.

More intimate, indoor celebrations can be held in the Samuel Lay House or the Museum's Boathouse Room. The Lay House with wood wide plank flooring and fireplaces - lends itself to a "step back in time experience" and can manage 40 seated guests. The Boathouse Room located at the rear of the Museum building has a guest capacity of 55 in a cocktail party format. It adjoins the North Deck, which offers a stunning waterfront space right on the Connecticut River. The North Deck manages roughly 150 guests in a cocktail party format.

Services Offered
The Connecticut River Museum offers the following services for your wedding day:

  • Event planning
  • Bar services
  • Bartenders
  • Preferred Vendors list
  • Limited Parking
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The Connecticut River Museum exterior view
The Connecticut River Museum exterior view
Plan your wedding on water at the Connecticut River Museum, on the banks of the River and...
Plan your wedding on water at the Connecticut River Museum, on the banks of the River and...
The view of Essex harbor from the historic Samuel Lay House lawn.
The view of Essex harbor from the historic Samuel Lay House lawn.
Create your own beautiful event under the tent.
Create your own beautiful event under the tent.
The lawn of the historic Samuel Lay House overlooks Essex Harbor and the Connecticut River.
The lawn of the historic Samuel Lay House overlooks Essex Harbor and the Connecticut River.
The historic Samuel Lay House, on the Connecticut River Museum campus is a beautiful backdrop for a...
The historic Samuel Lay House, on the Connecticut River Museum campus is a beautiful backdrop for a...
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Couple portrait
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River
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Flower arrangement
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Wedding celebration
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
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Couple photo at the wharf
The historic Schooner Mary E is available to charter for cruises as a part of your event or for a...
The historic Schooner Mary E is available to charter for cruises as a part of your event or for a...
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Tent wedding
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
The Connecticut River Museum's Steamboat Dock and schooner Mary E.
Couple photo at the wharf
Couple photo at the wharf
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Lantern
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Floral decoration
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Tent wedding
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Champagne drinks
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Connecticut River Museum
The Connecticut River Museum exterior view
The Connecticut River Museum exterior view

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5 Reviews for Connecticut River Museum

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.9
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    Diana · Married on 07/26/2014

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    To All Brides,
    Kara Beth made our wedding a marvelous success! I hadn't even realized how much I needed her expert guidance and super meticulous attention to detail. She generously offered her talents in so many different realms that just made the reception seem to flow effortlessly. Behind the scenes she did things like: decorate the lavender potted plants that were our favors and seating assignments; arrive early to ensure that the air conditioner was full blast to keep the wedding cake pristine; personally take the artsy canvas to each table for the guests to sign; replace the sound speakers with her own because there was a connectivity glitch; gently herd the guests to the dock as we prepared to leave in our canoe; and manage a willful caterer with graceful authority.
    I give Kara Beth the absolute highest praise and gratitude for truly making our wedding the beautiful day that it was!

    Sent on 10/05/2014
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    Kate · Married on 06/13/2015

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      5.0
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    I got married here in June of 2015. It is such a beautiful location and Kara Beth did a fantastic job coordinating the ceremony and reception for us. She carefully went through a detailed timeline with us and the caterer and made the day go so smoothly. The venue worked with us on our details and requests. Kara Beth proactively reached out to the other vendors and ensured that everything was on target for day-of.

    For future couples: Be advised that this venue is fully outdoors and a tent is a necessity (trailer bathrooms also required). Had it rained the backup plan was to have the ceremony and cocktail hour under the tent on the upper lawn as there are limited backup options. It was a risk but it was worth it! Additionally, there is a row of available parking to the back of front lawn that may show up in some "walking down the aisle" pictures.

    Sent on 07/13/2015

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Connecticut River Museum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Parking
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 25.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? House Liquor, House Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 150
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 20
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Boat/Yacht, Historic Building, Museum
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer? Event Planner
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking

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  • 67 Main Street Essex, 06426 See on map
    860-468-4106 (Phone number)
    8607677028 (Fax Number)
    October - May: Tuesdays - Sundays 10 - 5 May - October: 7 days/week 10-5

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