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Institute for American Indian Studies

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Amazing and fun

We were lucky to be one of the first groups to participate in the Wigwam Escape room adventure at... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cindy K
Interesting and educational

My family and I visited this museum yesterday. We were assigned a guide, whose name, unfortunately... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2019
Olga H
Woodbury, Connecticut
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The Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) is a museum and research center in rural Washington, CT. IAIS preserves through discovery and education the vitality, cultural knowledge, and traditions of Native American Peoples with a focus on...more
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38 Curtis RD, Litchfield County, Washington, CT 06793-0260
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky to be one of the first groups to participate in the Wigwam Escape room adventure at the IAIS. A truly great experience that immerses you into a day of a 1518 native’s life in New England. The visuals and sounds inside the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

My family and I visited this museum yesterday. We were assigned a guide, whose name, unfortunately, I cannot remember. She was excellent, very knowledgeable and great at delivering the information. She answered the adults’ questions in a very friendly and professional manner. She was great...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed December 21, 2018

Fascinating exhibits that tell the story of pre-contact Native American life in New England and Connecticut. The exhibits do a great job of capturing pre contact life and the culture of Native Americans after contact. A highlight is the outdoor replicated 15th century Algonkian Village....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

Kids love this American Indian Museum. There are trails to follow and the museum offers plenty to see in artifacts and diorama. There are also really neat long houses that I think are close to the actual size of the real thing. It is a...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

I attended a workshop today where construction of Bark Baskets was being taught. The instructor was well versed in the history and uses of this type of basket and her instructions were clear and easy to follow. These baskets are made from bark that has...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2017

Gem in a Woodland! A beautifully informed museum lay-out. I've been in numerous American Indian museums and this facility is outstanding in its Eastern Woodland content. Do plan to not rush through the exhibits. The Elders portraits are wonderful paintings. Staff is kind and a...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed March 3, 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...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed August 7, 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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed June 29, 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.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank deeter123
Reviewed February 13, 2016

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

Date of experience: February 2016
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