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.


Weeknight rentals are available at a rate of $250 per hour (minimum 3 hours) from 5:00-11:00 PM. Reservations are taken 2 months – 2 weeks in advance. This price includes an additional 2 hours of setup time. The Boathouse and North Deck capacity is 100 for both spaces. If just booking the Boathouse, capacity is 55. The Boathouse is ADA compliant and has direct indoor access to the Museum’s restrooms


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.