Other Private Events

The Connecticut River Museum, with its landmark buildings and dramatic 1.5 acre campus overlooking Essex Harbor and the Connecticut River is the perfect location for your reception, corporate meeting, shower or memorial service. The Museum is located in Essex Village, a quintessential New England seaport. The Museum offers several spaces available for corporate and private functions.




Museum Boathouse and North Deck

The Boathouse is a program and exhibition space in the Museum’s main building. It opens directly onto the North Deck, right on the water. These spaces are available for functions as well.


The venue fee is $350 per hour with a 3-hour minimum. Your event may begin 5:30pm after the Museum is closed for the day. A reservation and a 50% deposit are required at least 2 weeks in advance. Set up and break down times are included and details are specified in our rental contract. The Museum’s restrooms are available to your guests and all our spaces are ADA compliant.


Samuel Lay House

We call it the “Lay House”, this historic home and it’s antique-rustic interior is often used for intimate celebrations or corporate luncheon/meetings.

The Lay House Lawn hosts larger tented events and offers a beautiful vista of the river.  The Lay House occupancy limit is 40.