Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Pequot Museum, located in an ancient cedar forest minutes away from Foxwoods Resort Casino, is the largest Native American museum in the world. REOPENING MAY 19TH!!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Stacy P
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the heart of nature
    What a fabulous experience I had with my friend. I want to thank tour guide, Matthew Pina. He was so passionate about presenting insight and educating about his own ancestry while connecting past to present with the Pequot Nation. Happy 25th Anniversary to the museum and all those who continue to honor history and keep it alive. I most enjoyed the design of the museum and how nature is woven into every twist and turn. The new exhibit they are hosting, which highlights the 13 moons, is a must see. Kudos to guide Matthew as he not only is a fabulous representative, but a skilled artist as well. His art work, in the new exhibit, is a must see! My take away left me feeling more connected to our Mother Earth and educated on how skilled indigenous ancestors are. I also have a new appreciation learning how wampum is crafted and how long it takes to make just one bead. I think all ages would benefit from visiting the museum. Looking forward to going back again soon, so much more to see. I know they are working to make updates, my only constructive criticism would be to update TV monitors. Best, Stacy
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 16, 2023
  • reviewquuen
    Princeton, New Jersey78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Museum Experience
    An amazing museum experience for everyone! The adults and children (9 & 7) all loved it. We started with the Mastodon exhibit and worked our way through to view an interesting, short film on native American tools, then walked through the Pequot Village. The "people" are so lifelike in their details! You pick up a phone like device and walk through the village at your own pace, punching in exhibit numbers to listen to the information. The kids loved it, and it was 100% beer than reading a bunch of placards on the wall. I would definitely go back! FYI- many online sources say that there is a restaurant to eat traditional native fare, but it closed in 2020 and they still haven't reopened it, so plan on lunching elsewhere.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Sarah M
    East Thetford, Vermont4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    bring your lunch, and enjoy
    Well done exhibits in a beautiful building. We spent too much time in the prehistoric area and village recreation so did not have enough time to learn about the contemporary tribe. We lost a lot of time going to the casino to find lunch as the museum cafeteria is closed, even there many places were not open on a weekday.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • David L
    Towson, Maryland47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very worthwhile to visit and explore
    We visited here last month with our daughter's family, which included two near-adolscent boys. We all were amazed! It is an enormous museum, but very well laid out, and very well documented. There are multiple levels, which are easily navigated. The most impressive exhibit was the village replica (pictured on the website). The figures are very realistic, the dwellings are sturdily constructed, many being accessible to see inside. One of us thought one of the figures was a live actor! We easily spent 90 minutes there; we would have explored further but had another engagement. It was very interesting for both the boys and the adults. The ride up the 15(?) story tower is worth the view. Highly recommend a visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 9, 2023
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Qwagmirejade
55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Drove over an hour with a toddler to get to the museum only to find out that they were closed when they should have been open. No signs on the doors, no message when you call them. We called Foxwoods main number and the woman we talked to was very unfriendly and couldn’t understand why they were closed herself. She put us on hold and talked to someone else and came back and said they decided an hour before they were not opening but wouldn’t give us any information nor a discount for a later visit. She just said thank you for visiting Foxwoods and hung up on us. Very unprofessional all around. Will not return.
Written March 11, 2020
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Highly recommended! The layout is very nice, starting with a stroll through the glass ceiling gathering place and continuing to expansive exhibit areas that don’t feel dense or overwhelming but are packed with historical information. Of special note is the Pequot Village section which uses the most realistic mannequins we’ve ever seen in a museum setting. The detail is astounding which , along with the realistic settings and materials used in the displays, added significantly to our ability to absorb the plethora of information and to enjoy the exhibit. The entire museum is extremely well done. Recommended time is about 4 hours+ to take it all in.
Written September 24, 2021
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GregK1239
Contoocook, NH142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went here for the first time on our recent trip to Foxwoods. We were all very impressed with the size and scope of the museum. The exhibits were all top quality, and the recreated village is spectacular. I would definitely recommend spending a few hours here if you are in the area.
Written March 2, 2020
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Mauricio
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
A must see in your visit to New York. There are not enough words to express how impressed I’m . There is so much love, pride and sense of being treated unfairly in the construction of this museum that I become a Pequot myself in my spirit. I just want to learn more about this people because there were free, noble and prosecuted by the greed of the settlers. I bought a book and I’m planning to build a canoe in the Pequot way. I have visited most of the museums in NY but this is more than a collection is a Tribute and an art exposition made with great love and respect for their ancestors.
Written October 16, 2021
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Valerie K
Poughkeepsie, NY23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Wow! What a gem of a visit. When you walk in, it is so vast! But when you start to explore the exhibits, you understand the size of it all! The details in the exhibits are so detailed, and the indigenous statues look lifelike. The museum is rich in history, the automated talking tour was enlightening. This is a hidden gem in the woods. A must visit!
Written October 29, 2021
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Stacy P
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
What a fabulous experience I had with my friend. I want to thank tour guide, Matthew Pina. He was so passionate about presenting insight and educating about his own ancestry while connecting past to present with the Pequot Nation. Happy 25th Anniversary to the museum and all those who continue to honor history and keep it alive.

I most enjoyed the design of the museum and how nature is woven into every twist and turn. The new exhibit they are hosting, which highlights the 13 moons, is a must see. Kudos to guide Matthew as he not only is a fabulous representative, but a skilled artist as well. His art work, in the new exhibit, is a must see! My take away left me feeling more connected to our Mother Earth and educated on how skilled indigenous ancestors are. I also have a new appreciation learning how wampum is crafted and how long it takes to make just one bead. I think all ages would benefit from visiting the museum. Looking forward to going back again soon, so much more to see. I know they are working to make updates, my only constructive criticism would be to update TV monitors. Best, Stacy
Written August 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David L
Towson, MD47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We visited here last month with our daughter's family, which included two near-adolscent boys. We all were amazed! It is an enormous museum, but very well laid out, and very well documented. There are multiple levels, which are easily navigated. The most impressive exhibit was the village replica (pictured on the website). The figures are very realistic, the dwellings are sturdily constructed, many being accessible to see inside. One of us thought one of the figures was a live actor! We easily spent 90 minutes there; we would have explored further but had another engagement. It was very interesting for both the boys and the adults. The ride up the 15(?) story tower is worth the view. Highly recommend a visit!
Written November 9, 2023
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reviewquuen
Princeton, NJ78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
An amazing museum experience for everyone! The adults and children (9 & 7) all loved it. We started with the Mastodon exhibit and worked our way through to view an interesting, short film on native American tools, then walked through the Pequot Village. The "people" are so lifelike in their details! You pick up a phone like device and walk through the village at your own pace, punching in exhibit numbers to listen to the information. The kids loved it, and it was 100% beer than reading a bunch of placards on the wall. I would definitely go back! FYI- many online sources say that there is a restaurant to eat traditional native fare, but it closed in 2020 and they still haven't reopened it, so plan on lunching elsewhere.
Written August 26, 2023
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Sarah M
East Thetford, VT4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Well done exhibits in a beautiful building. We spent too much time in the prehistoric area and village recreation so did not have enough time to learn about the contemporary tribe. We lost a lot of time going to the casino to find lunch as the museum cafeteria is closed, even there many places were not open on a weekday.
Written September 5, 2023
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melissasandstrom
Orlando, FL156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
This place was awesome! I brought my 11,9,8, and 6 year old. It was enjoyable for my husband, my father and I also. We were there for 3 hours and just enjoyed walking around. There are many very interesting things to see, read, and hear. All the exhibits looked so real and gave so much information. I liked that we were able to go at our own pace. We were not rushed and not a lot of people there. They have a cafeteria but they were closed. And there’s no place to buy something to drink. So make sure you are stocked up with water and snacks if you’re bringing kids.
Written May 26, 2021
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