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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
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
38 Curtis RD, Litchfield County, Washington, CT 06793-0260
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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