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River of Life

River of Life

The Phoenix Companies, Inc. Gallery

River of Life

It’s almost impossible to travel through New England without crossing the Connecticut River. Many of us do it twice a day without giving it a second thought—but we should. New England’s largest river is vital to our history, our economy, our ecosystems and our future energy needs. Take an immersive and interactive exploration of its entire 400-mile trek—no wetsuit required!

Exhibit Highlights

  • Test the flow of water in our Stream Table.
  • Take a virtual tour of the Connecticut River from its beginning to end.
  • Say hello to snakes, turtles, and more forest creatures in the Critter Corner.
  • Get a one-of-a-kind view of the Connecticut River from our Overlook Balcony.


  • Ramani and Louise D. Ayer
  • Family Foundation
  • Connecticut River Community Bank
  • Connecticut Water Works Association
  • Connecticut Section – American Water Works Association
  • Firstlight Power Resources
  • John G. Martin Foundation
  • Larsen Fund

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