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Connecticut River Museum: (CT) Located on the 1879 Steamboat Dock in Essex, at the foot of Main Street, the museum's site served as a port of call for steamboat service form New York City to Hartford, Connecticut.

The Glacier Society: (CT) The Glacier Society Educational Foundation is based in Bridgeport, CT and is dedicated to uniting polar interests around the globe through restoration and operation of the USS/USCGC Glacier, the largest icebreaker of her time. In addition to her record-breaking 39 Arctic and Antarctic deployments, she is one of only a few United States ships to serve under the colors of both the US Navy and the US Coast Guard. Once restored, the Glacier will return to public service as a fully operational platform for scientific and environmental education and research.

Historic Ship Nautilus/Submarine Force Museum:  (CT).  Home of the first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus.  Tour NAUTILUS and relive its remarkable history, seeing firsthand what life is like on a nuclear submarine.  The museum maintains records and history of the U. S. Submarine Force, from its beginnings at the turn of the century to the modern Navy.

The Maritime Aquarium: (CT) More than half a million people visit The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (CT) each year for a fun and educational adventure into the underwater world of Long Island Sound. Unlike most aquariums, The Maritime Aquarium, a AAA 2002 "GEM" rated Attraction, focuses primarily on one body of water...Long Island Sound. Aquarium hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily; closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The nationally recognized aquarium features sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and 125 other species from Long Island Sound and its watershed, as well as maritime exhibits, educational programs, a boat-building shop and Connecticut's only IMAX movie theater. Admission is not required to enter the newly-expanded Gift Shop orfull-service cafeteria.

Mystic Seaport Museum: (CT) A visit to Mystic's outdoor maritime museums tells the stories of America and the sea on a 40-acre waterfront site. A valuable compendium of maritime history.

Old Lighthouse Museum: (CT) The Stonington Historical Society’s Old Light House Museum was built in 1840 and contains important historical items on the role the community of Stonington played as the port for travelers from Boston to New York City. From boat to Stonington, then coach to Boston and visa versa.

Plaineville Historic Center: (CT)  The Plainville Historic Center is in the former town hall (1890).  The museum focuses on Plainville's early days, including the era of the Farmington Canal (1827-47).

U.S. Coast Guard Museum: (CT) The small and selective U.S. Coast Guard Museum spans the two hundred year history of America's premier maritime service. The museum is located on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut two hours South of Boston.