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“Not exactly the Museum of Natural History”

The Museum of Indian Culture
Ranked #1,406 of 2,551 things to do in Pennsylvania
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Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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67 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Not exactly the Museum of Natural History”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

I visited the Museum of Indian Culture recently and the staff was very friendly and eager to provide a tour of the museum. The museum consists of two small rooms of exhibitions and a library. The tour guide spent about about an hour giving us a tour of the two rooms which was very sweet because he seemed quite passionate about the museum, but there really wasn't that much to see to warrant an hour long tour. Also, I noticed that some of the information provided during the tour was not exactly accurate. I've visited Native American museums and ruins throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico, as well as studied Native American culture for years and it was pretty easy to surmise that some of the facts provided during the tour were totally off. We probably would have been better off exploring the museum by ourselves.

More interesting, the exhibition of Kachina dolls which is one of the largest displays in the museum was not made by Native Americans, but by someone who was interested in Native American culture and designed his own. They were very nice but I really expected more artifacts and genuine Native American exhibitions.

The library at the museum had a selection of books and a large collection of VHS tapes. It was almost laughably funny though because one of the VHS tapes that they showed us as part of their research library was the 1992 Daniel Day Lewis movie, 'Last of the Mohicans'.

We moved on to the outside of the museum where they had a wigwam and mortar & pestle set up. The mortar & pestle was broken and the wigwam was only half finished and literally had a plastic white tarp with dirt on top of it. Taking pictures of it wouldn't even be possible without getting the plastic bag in the picture. Also, it really wasn't an authentic replica of a wigwam either. I've seen wigwams in the past before and their display didn't do it justice.

Overall, I would recommend a trip to the museum in conjunction with the Allentown Fish Hatchery which is right down the road. The staff genuinely seems to care about the museum and take pride in trying to make visitors experience a good one. Although there definitely could be some improvements at the museum, it is very cheap to enter and a nice activity for the weekend if you are local to the area.

Visited October 2013
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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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68 attraction reviews
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“Short, sweet, fun - combine with Allentown Fish Hatchery”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

This is a small museum run by non-Native volunteers. Yet it is chock full of interesting exhibits and the volunteers are very knowledgeable. When I went, there was an interesting kachina exhibit. They also have a large selection of books, tapes, and DVDs that you can use while you are there.

Visited February 2012
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