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Institute for American Indian Studies

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Address: 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793-0260
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+1 860-868-0518
10:00 - 17:00
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Little gem of a museum

Recently visited the Institute and truly enjoyed our visit. Two staffers gave us a personal tour of the highlights of the museum and its programs. Very nicely designed exhibits... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Wellesley, Mass USA
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Wellesley, Mass USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Recently visited the Institute and truly enjoyed our visit. Two staffers gave us a personal tour of the highlights of the museum and its programs. Very nicely designed exhibits which show the history, culture, artifacts and life of Connecticut native Americans. The museum helps the Indians' lives come alive through a full scale longhouse inside and a collection of three... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is a must visit and worth a 2-3 hour car trip with the entire family. Feel in real time and real reality not virtual how our New England tribes manages to tame this rugged now Yankee countryside. All levels of learning covered. Even interesting stuff for the bored adults. Full Disclosure: Been a big supporter for 15+ years and... More 

Thank DoubleDee2020
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

I booked a go see it for my Cub Scout pack. The staff was great, held 1 through 5 grade attention for 2 hours. Highly recommend for group or family visit.

Thank deeter123
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

employees really care about you learning and having a good time. Great to see all the ingenuity that the native residents of Quinnetukut.

Thank jugurtha656
Middlebury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

This museum has an international reputation, and it is well worth it, something g for every family member, examples of homes used by the native population is one example. My grandchildren really enjoyed exploring. We used to,take our kids there so it was fun introducing the next generation

1 Thank yysuzanne
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

This small museum is off the beaten path, but it's well worth a stop. We had a ten and thirteen year-old with us and they enjoyed it. We had an excellent tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable, very patient about answering questions, and clearly passionate about the work the museum is doing. The outdoor replica of a village has a... More 

1 Thank TrishaHMoore
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Reviewed 9 June 2015

Have been visiting this location for years, as it abuts Steep Rock hiking trails. They have come a long way with the Institute and there is a long house and other Indian artifacts to view. Docents are very knowledgeable and friendly. They also accept school class trips and do a very good presentation for the kids. Definitely do a hike... More 

1 Thank CTMDM
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2014 via mobile

Not only was this a great museum to visit with the kids it's also very interesting for adults. Often places like these are suitable for kids or adults, this one is interesting for all. I am so happy we made this afternoon trip. We were there a short time, about 1.5 hours exploring the indoor collection and outside village, and... More 

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

In terms of museums in general, this is a small one in square footage, but a huge one in interesting and educational features. This Institute gives visitors a glimpse into the cultural lives of Native Americans. Many of the staff and contributors are descendants of the local Native American groups of New England. Many are skilled in the art forms... More 

1 Thank Toni112950
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This small, but thorough museum is a delight! Displays are built in a diorama style, accessible to study the details, and with good information posted near items of particular interest. The children's study center is full of hands on experiences, and the outdoor recreated village offers authentic dwellings to investigate. There are hiking trails, too, and a small research library... More 

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