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SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

2301 West River Road, Dayton, OH 45418-2815
937-268-8199
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Ranked #15 of 27 attractions in Dayton
Type: Historic Sites
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Phoenix
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Not only does it have a museum and a replica village, it also sponsors children's day camps, pow wows, flute and art festivals, and archeological seminars.

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Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

An enjoyable multi-cultural experience at a historical location in a seldom-visited part of the city. The dancing & singing we're authentic & well done. The rain stayed away so the grounds were walkable. The Sun Watch building shows its age as does the gift shop. The Great Mii River adjacent to the grounds & partially reconstructed village adds to the... More

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Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park could disappoint some visitors. The reason being is that the site, a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, is a work in progress dependent on funding and the procedural discipline of fieldwork archaeology. Its interpretive presentation of the 13th-15th C.E. Fort Ancient Indian village and culture is far from complete. However, the... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My oldest (8 yrs) had studied Native Americans in school & was fascinated with this place. They did such a good job explaining the history of the native peoples in relation to a time line, it helped to put things in perspective for her. There was an archeologist there on site building one of the replica buildings. He took time... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were traveling and looked up things to do. My dad is Blackfoot tribe descendant and we thought he would have a good time. It was informative and interesting for all of us.

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Dayton, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Attended a Powwow being held there. Had a great time. Enjoyed the drumming, dancing and native american dress. Only problem was the heat....drink plenty of water and rest in the shade.

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Dayton, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Self guided at a leisurely pace - organization is improving and updating the property - don't recommend on a hot day as there is very little shade. Recommend for families.

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Dayton, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This fabulous museum has it all! The museum inside gives all the history of the native americans from this area and the outside has the actual historical digs and re-creation of the village. It is a must see

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Troy, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We definitely enjoy going here (especially for the flute festival) but don't expect to spend the whole day or even more then an hour or so.

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clayton,oh
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

indoor museum and outdoor...see how the early Indians of Dayton,oh lived! nice event in the summer when they have a celebration powwow!

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