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Address: 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Phone Number: 518-296-8949
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Iroquois Indian Museum building is a work of art designed in the shape...

The Iroquois Indian Museum building is a work of art designed in the shape and spirit of the old longhouses that once graced the valleys of upstate New York. Visitors walk through the Museum in a counter- clockwise direction mimicking Skywoman’s movements as she created earth on Turtle’s back. Archeology exhibits focus on the ancestors of the Iroquois from 10,000 years ago until European contact. History exhibits highlight the men’s realm of hunting, warfare, chieftainships, and games and the women’s realm of the longhouse, the clans, the crops, and politics. The Museum represents the worlds most comprehensive collection of modern Iroquois art work. This collection celebrates the ancient unity of the Iroquois still expressed in the creative spirit of today’s artists. A special interactive Children’s area introduces young visitors to Iroquois traditions through a variety of crafts, games and technologies. A guide posted Nature Park of 45 acres is open year round for walks, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

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Little Warrior

Many people visit this place and are amazed as to how the Native Americans lived and their traditions. Come during the summer and join in with us during our annual Pow Wows

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Thomas A
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Miami Beach, Florida
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many people visit this place and are amazed as to how the Native Americans lived and their traditions. Come during the summer and join in with us during our annual Pow Wows

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Troy, New York
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The museum's exhibits are very relevant and provide historical and contemporary representations of the Iroquious nations.There is also a wonderful set of walking paths in the woods behind the Museum. Worth a visit!

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Thank Pat3510
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Very nice museum with small collection focused on the local Iroquois Nation. Great gift shop, knowledgeable and friendly staff person. Oh, this was another perk from the Howe Caverns Motel, 50% off admission.

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St. George, Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We stumbled upon the museum and excitedly visited; we were not disappointed, though we should have gone earlier in the day as there is so much to see and read of the Iroquois history. We purchased the book Everyday Is A Good Day by Wilma Mankiller and the reflections are very good reading. We would recommend a visit to anyone!

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Chatham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

This small and slightly secluded museum is an important venue to visit if you are an Iroquois or one of it's member tribes. It presents a good description of the Iroquois nation and where they are going. Not only does the museum talk about this group, but it also has craftsmen demonstrating their skills in an effort to preserve the... More 

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Oneonta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We have lived in the area for 19 years and it took this long to visit this wonderful museum...my wife is an art teacher and was seeking ideas about how to incorporate art lessons for 4th graders who study native indigenous cultures. So glad we came - we look forward to another visit!

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1 Thank RLAMyers
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is a nice small museum, if you take the time to read all the information there is a lot to learn. They use many Iroquois art works to illustrate what is being written about, but you would not understand them without reading. Most of the artwork is from the Mohawk tribe, which is understandable because it is in the... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I was looking to learn about the Iroquois on my trip to New York, and this museum greatly improved my understanding. The museum has a lot of great artifacts, lots of artwork by modern Iroquois, and a great kids area downstairs. The highlight of my visit was an hour-long talk with Amanda Tarbell, one of the staff educators. It was... More 

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Dumont, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I highly recommend visiting this museum if you are at all interested in Native American (Iroquois) history and culture, especially local to the Capital District region. It's especially child friendly, and the staff are incredibly helpful and make the experience enjoyable. There is a lot of information available here, both free and available for sale, which was incredibly helpful to... More 

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Iroquois Indian M, Curator at Iroquois Indian Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting us. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the Museum. Please come see us again. More 

Cobleskill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I live in the area and I'm surprised how often my neighbors tell me they have never been to this wonderful, small gem of a museum. I have been several times, most recently with a class of special needs junior and senior high school students last spring. My students loved this, the contemporary art-- which changes each year-- the paleolithic... More 

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