Posts Tagged ‘CTriver’

Paddle Program – Come Paddle With Us!
July 11, 2019

Explore the North, Middle, South Coves, and Nott Island on Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs), and Canoes.

The 2 hour paddle price includes your vessel, a laminated map to show you the best spots to paddle, and a Personal Flotation Device (pfd). These paddles are self -guided.

Admission to the museum is only $5 with price of paddle! 

Book Your Paddle Today!

Come paddle during the week – just give 48 hours notice.

Private Paddle Tours with our Education staff are available. These paddles must be booked in advance.  Please contact the Director of Education, Suzanne Burns, for pricing and information. 860-767-8269, ext  113 or email

Plan Your Paddle!

June: Saturday and Sunday – 8 am, 10 am, and 2 pm
July and August: Saturday and Sunday – 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm
September and October: Saturday and Sunday – 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm

Each paddle is 2 hours.

Single Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)/ $25 member, $35 nonmember

Tandem Kayak, Canoe/ $35 member, $45 nonmember

Book Your Paddle Today!

Onrust River Cruises
July 30, 2019

River Cruises – Private Charters – Bring a Picnic!

Onrust is a 53′ gaff rigged and auxiliary engine powered replica of Adriaen Block’s vessel, one of the first western style ships built in the new world. And the first ever to sail up the Connecticut River.

Join us for a sail or for a private charter. Picnics are encouraged!

Public Sail Times
Thursday – Saturday 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm
Sunday and Monday 2:00 pm

Private Charter Sails
Call 860-767-8269, ext 121 for further information

Myths and Legends Onrust Brunch
June 5, 2019

Join Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout on a morning sail on the Onrust. Discover the Myths and Legends of the Connecticut River Valley!
Enjoy the sights of the River!

Light continental style breakfast served. Space is limited – Preregistration is required.


26th Annual Holiday Train Show
October 7, 2019

Open Now!

Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday
November 27, 2019 – February 23, 2020

The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 26th year of fun for all ages.

See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year!

A fully operational 26 foot train layout, “I SPY” scavenger hunts,

and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun!

Luminary Craft at the Connecticut River Museum
November 19, 2019

Celebrate the Winter Solstice With a Luminary Craft at CRM

December 19, 2019
4:30 -6:00 pm

$5/child (includes all materials)
Free to CRM member families

Non Members register:
Luminary Craft at The Connecticut River Museum

Members register:

Connecticut River Museum Activity Sheets
March 26, 2020


Check out these fun printable activities for kids. We’ve got coloring pages and word searches! All of these kids activities are totally free and easy to print out and do with your kids. Check back for new activities!

Choose from one of the Connecticut River themed sheets. Click on the link and print it out.












CRM Wordsearch

Spring Bird Feeder Craft
March 31, 2020

Spring Bird Feeder Craft



Make your Spring a little more fun with this easy and fun craft. “Hide” eggs around your yard for the birds! Put them in trees, too! They are easy to make and use only 3 ingredients and some plastic, fillable eggs.


1 box unflavored gelatin

10 cups bird seed

Cooking spray

36 Plastic, fillable eggs

  1. Prepare the gelatin as directed on the box or package.
  2. Mix in the premeasured bird seed. (It is easier to do 1/2 at a time: half the gelatin and half the bird seed.)
  3. Open the plastic eggs and lightly coat interior of each half with cooking spray.
  4. Pack both halves of each egg with bird seed mixture and close egg to push together.
  5. Place all eggs in large glass bowl (to protect gelatin from leaking through seam in eggs).
  6. Refrigerate overnight.
  7. Open eggs and hide them around your yard. Watch for the birds to find them!







Onrust River Cruises
July 30, 2019

Sail on the Onrust from June 20 through October 25, 2020

The Connecticut River Museum hosts the Onrust, a re-creation of the vessel Adriaen Block built in 1614.  Now in its fourth year on our docks, Onrust is available for public cruises and private charters through October 25.

Built over several years in upstate New York using traditional plans and means, the Onrust is a wholly unique ship that serves to educate and entertain visitors curious about the age of exploration, the fur trade, and our early colonial history.

River cruises are offered Thursdays through Mondays. While at dock, the Onrust is available for exploration. (based on staff availability)

27th Annual Holiday Train Show
September 8, 2020


Prepaid, timed admission tickets are required for all visitors, including Members.

Please remember that these are timed-entry tickets. If you are unable to arrive in time for your reserved session, you may be asked to transfer to a different time.

Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – Sunday, February 14, 2021

The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its
27th year of fun for all ages. See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! A fully operational 26 foot train layout, “I SPY” scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun!


As with most events this year, our Annual Holiday Train will look different. To ensure that every guest can view the exhibit and maintain safe social distancing, please see the following new protocols:


            • * Timed, Ticketed Admission for all guests, including Members.
            • * To ensure distancing, ticket sales will close 1 hour prior to your reserved session.
            • * Each Admission Group will hold a maximum of 10 guests.
            • * Admission to the third floor exhibit is booked for 30 minute viewing sessions.
            • * Guests will not be admitted to the 3rd Floor Exhibit without an admission ticket.



Dueling Demos with Howard Park and Lisa Miceli
April 27, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021
5:00 pm
FREE Program, Registration Required.
On the Lawn at the Connecticut River Museum

(Rain Date: June 24)

Dueling Demos is an entertaining and fast-paced demonstration of how two artists view the same scene and paint it with two different mediums, oil paint and watercolor. While Howard and Lisa are painting, they explain their painting process and use of color, all the while engaging the audience in friendly conversation.

While many activities were curtailed during the last year due to COVID, Howard Park and Lisa Miceli have continued to paint plein air and to teach their Oil and Water workshops throughout the area in most weather conditions, and to paint with the Noank 9, a plein air group Howard founded a decade ago. These workshops are unique in offering students the opportunity to learn both oil painting and watercolor outdoors and socially distanced, and to watch painting demos of the same scene by two instructors simultaneously. Howard and Lisa teach plein air Oil and Water workshops regionally, and at the Mystic Museum of Art, the Lyme Art Association and on Fisher’s Island. Howard and Lisa show their work at Lyme Art Association and the New England Watercolor Society at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, and other virtual shows including Mystic Museum of Art.

In addition to teaching and painting, Howard and Lisa provide art restoration for many people who, despite COVID, want to maintain their collections. They do cleaning, restoration and repair of fine art and antique objects, and this has been an important mainstay for their business during the pandemic.

Howard is a signature member of ASMA and his love of marine painting grew during his 4-year circumnavigation of the globe on his own boat during which time he painted in all the locations he sailed. He was recently featured in a full-length video on landscape painting for the international series “Put Colour in Your Life.” His work has been featured in shows and galleries throughout the world.

Lisa was winner of the 2020 J.M.W. Turner Watercolor Competition at the Mystic Seaport Museum and her work “New London Harbor Light” hung adjacent to the Turner exhibit in the Thompson Exhibition Center. Her work has shown in the New England Watercolor Society North American Open Juried Exhibition in Plymouth, MA, the NEWs Instructors Show, the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society 2020 Juried Members Exhibition, a solo watercolor Show at Studio 33 Gallery in New London, CT, and juried shows at Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT and at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT.



Featured image: “Against the Breeze and Current” Howard Park, Oil

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