June 2, 2021 Update:

·         Mask use and social distancing are encouraged inside the museum.

·         For fully vaccinated guests (2 weeks after final vaccine shot), there is no mask requirement indoors. 

·         As per the guidelines issued by Gov. Ned Lamont, unvaccinated visitors must wear masks indoors. 

·         Please be mindful of keeping a 6-ft distance from those not in your party. 

·         For guests sailing on the Onrust, please bring a mask in case it is needed or required by the Captain.

May 19 through June 1, 2021 Update:

The Connecticut River Museum has provided a safe experience for its visitors since reopening in June of 2020, without incident during the pandemic. From May 19 through June 1, masks will still be required inside the museum while we assess our staff levels of vaccination to ensure their safety. Capacity on the Onrust will remain reduced to a maximum of 15 passengers to allow for distancing on the vessel. If you book a sail on the Onrust, please do bring a mask in case it may be needed or required on board. On June 1 we will make a decision going forward about whether or not we will require masks indoors, and whether we can increase capacity on the Onrust.

The Museum is pleased to be open to the public. Face masks are required to be worn in indoor and outdoor areas.

  • Visitors are encouraged to buy their tickets online to promote a touch-free transaction.
  • Please practice social distancing of 6 feet.

As the State of Connecticut reduces its COVID-19 restrictions, the Museum will work to add programming to return to a more traditional and expansive experience for visitors.


The Museum will abide by the guidelines and regulations set by the state, federal, and local authorities and will follow all best practices concerning public health and social distancing.

Connecticut River Museum has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19; however Connecticut River Museum cannot guarantee that you and your party will not be exposed if you choose to enter the property. As set forth in state guidance, while these guidelines have allowed the Museum to open as safely as possible, the risks to visitors cannot be fully mitigated.  Connecticut River Museum assumes no liability for this potential exposure.

  • We have limited the capacity of our exhibit spaces to 50 to ensure safe distancing.  This may result in asking some guests to return at a later time.
  • While on Museum grounds, visitors are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth. Before you leave your car please ensure that you have your masks. Face Masks are required for all guests over the age of 2.
  • Visitors are expected to observe six-foot social distancing at all times.
  • Please respect signage on the grounds, including social distancing markers and signage regarding one-way traffic and maximum occupancy in exhibit areas.
  • Certain areas will be roped off, where it will be difficult to maintain proper social distancing.  No guided group tours will take place at this time.
  • Restrooms are limited to one person or family at a time. The Museum will clean and disinfect bathrooms frequently.
  • Connecticut River Museum is thoroughly cleaning high traffic spots multiple times a day. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrance points and other common areas.  Please also consider bringing your own hand sanitizer and wipes for your own safety.
  • If you or someone in your party is experiencing COVID-19 CDC-defined symptoms, you may not enter.  If you believe you may have been exposed to the coronavirus we ask that you do not visit at this time.
  • If you are visiting from one of the states that Connecticut requires a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, do not visit until your quarantine is complete.

Please note these policies are subject to change without notice as the situation demands. Connecticut River Museum is committed to providing a safe environment and asks for your help in making this a great experience for everyone.

Potential violations of these rules may be reported to the state hotline (211).

Revised December 2020.

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