Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

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Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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!!
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Mark M
New York City, NY186 contributions
Jun 2021
Though we had been staying near this museum for years, it somehow slipped under our radars. What a mistake! This museum is one of the finest museums of any type that I have ever been to. It is quite evident that many years of planning and much attention to detail went into this museum, whose creation was clearly a labor of love. The museum focuses on the history and culture of the Pequot nation of Native Americans. I didn't know what to expect before entering this huge museum, but the exhibits were so varied and engaging that my only regret was giving ourselves only 3 and a half hours to explore. Many reviews say you should give this museum 3 hours, but I have to disagree! This museum is a full-day experience, if you want to be able to really appreciate the exhibits rather than rush through them. There are tons of videos and interactive displays. The recreated Pequot village was breathtaking.

I encourage anyone who is remotely near this museum to check it out. Even if you think that Native American history is not of interest to you, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this amazing museum. It is a beautiful tribute to the Pequot nation who, though violently persecuted by the European colonists, managed to survive and preserve their culture. Just don't make my mistake of visiting this museum midday: come in the morning and plan on staying all day!
Written June 13, 2021
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Kitty K
Littleton, NH14 contributions
Oct 2021
This was my first time at this museum and I was blown away that something like this exist way out in the middle of nowhere. It is huge! The exhibits are very informative about the history of the Pequot tribe. I really feel like I learned a lot while here. My favorite part, however was the village exhibit. The artistry and talent that went into making it what it is really deserves a lot more attention.
Written October 30, 2021
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC587 contributions
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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Valerie K
Poughkeepsie, NY14 contributions
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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Mauricio
1 contribution
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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Qwagmirejade
57 contributions
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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GregK1239
Contoocook, NH129 contributions
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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melissasandstrom
Orlando, FL137 contributions
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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Hubert T
Chicago, IL15 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
On October 3, at the Pequot museum, I experienced the worst treatment I've ever received as a paying customer. Midway through the recommended visitors' route is an auditorium which shows a film about local 17th century warfare. The showtimes are irregular and are only posted on the door of the auditorium (not at the museum entrance or on the handout visitors are given), so visitors have no way of planning ahead to arrive at the start of a show. There is nothing to say late entrance is not allowed. I happened to reach there only a couple of minutes after the film had started. As I reached to open the door, a woman seated on the opposite side of the otherwise deserted hallway, who was dressed in ordinary clothes and not wearing any kind of badge or ID, and who was sipping a paper cup of coffee (what? yes, inside the museum -- strange) called out, "management doesn't want you to go in there." I said, "what?" She repeated, "management doesn't want you to go in there -- the film has already started." I walked over to where she was sitting and said, "The management? The same management who --" At this point, she interrupted me -- not even allowing me to get one sentence out -- and said, "You can't talk to me that way." I said, "You spoke to me first. I'm just trying to say -- " and then she again interrupted me, saying, "I'm going to go up front and get you thrown out right now! You are a loser!," and walked away, in the direction of the exit. As she left, I said, "Just leave me alone!" That is the sum total of what I said. I never threatened her verbally, physically, or in any other way. I then walked into the theater, sat down, and began quietly watching the film. Several other visitors entered the theater after I did. Someone in the audience was loudly shouting comments, such as "that's my home town!" but no one attempted to quiet or eject him. In about five minutes, a man walked up behind me and ordered me to come with him. This turned out to be a security guard. The guard did not ask me any questions. He also several times refused to answer the questions I asked him as we walked. The woman was standing in the hallway as we exited the theater, but she walked away again before I could speak to her about what was happening. The guard never attempted to learn my version of what had happened. Before he even spoke to me, he had decided that he was going to make me leave the museum. When we reached the ticket counter, I stated that I wanted to speak to the person in charge. The guard stated that he was in charge of the museum and there was no one else I could talk to. After a few minutes, a manager appeared. I told him what had happened. The guard said that two independent witnesses had separately approached him and told him that I was "abusive" to the woman. This can't be true, as the woman and I were alone in the hallway, and I was not abusive to her -- I was just minding my own business when she spoke to me and attempted to control my visit. The guard himself witnessed nothing and made no attempt to ask me what had happened. They did not give me any kind of caution or warning, but instead insisted that I leave the museum right then and there. The manager took my name and address and promised to investigate what had happened and write me a letter in response. It's been two weeks, and I have had no contact from the museum. I work with the public, and we don't treat people this way. My advice is: DON'T GO THERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED BADLY AND HAVE YOUR VACATION RUINED.
Written October 16, 2013
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Don't miss this museum if you're in Eastern Connecticut.
Very handicap accessible, kid friendly.
Plan to spend a few hours even if you're only mildly interested in Native American culture.
There was more to see than we could in 2 hours. Kids very interested (ages 7-12). Interactive with short movies, touch-screen video tours, great static displays, lots of then vs now comparisons and archaeology. The "village" is a must-see. One of a kind.
Written July 13, 2001
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  • Wed - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM