The Company of Fifers and Drummers maintains and operates a museum dedicated to the preservation of the fife and drum tradition. 


Museum Address

62 W Main St.
Essex, CT


About the Museum 

The Museum of Fife & Drum is home to one the most unique collections of artifacts in the world; it is a visual and musical history of America on parade, from the Revolutionary War to the present. Theme displays feature drums, fifes, military swords, music, uniforms, medals, awards and photographs.

You get the feeling that you are marching right along with the “Spirit of ’76″ as you tour the historic displays of The Museum of Fife & Drum. The shrill of the fife and the beat of the long drum send familiar patriotic tunes through the air. Civil War drummer boys smile at you from the walls, as if they hear the music, once again. If you’ve ever enjoyed participating in, or watching, a colorful parade, you’ll enjoy a visit to The Museum of Fife & Drum, just minutes from the Essex Steam Train and convenient to country inns, fine dining and the Connecticut River.


Free Concerts

A Concert Series is held Tuesday evenings during the months of July and August, usually featuring two corps per night.

Group Tours

Conducted for drum corps, clubs, historical societies, college and high school music groups. To arrange a tour please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suggested Donations

Adults $5, Youth (12-17) $3, Seniors (60+) $3, Children under 12 Free.
The Museum of Fife & Drum is sponsored by the international service organization, The Company of Fifers & Drummers, Inc., which also maintains a library of field music and administrative offices adjacent to the museum proper.
The Company coordinates the activities of more than 100 traditional fife and drum corps throughout the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. It is the largest organization of drum corps in the western world.
For our address and directions, see our Travel Directions page.
The Museum is available for rent for meetings, rehearsals, and special occasions. Please visit our Building Use Guidelines for more information.