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“"The best Native Indian Museum in the New England Countries"”

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
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Owner description: The Pequot Museum, located in an ancient cedar forest minutes away from Foxwoods Resort Casino, is the largest Native American museum of its kind in the world.
Calw, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“"The best Native Indian Museum in the New England Countries"”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

Visited in Washington DC the National Museum of the American Indian ( which was very disappointing) and Plimouth Plantation ( was very interesting and shows the way of life in this age). But this Museum was the best of all of them. You can spend 1/2 a day better a whole day to see and hear everything. They have wonderful diaramas which show the life of this people times ago. If we would have more time we would like to here more stories and facts about this people at the audioguidetour in the peqout village (it doesn't cost extra bugs). Also the movies about making tools and so on and the war theatre with the 30 min. movie about the Pequot War (I was very sad about after the movie!) are very interesting too. We can recommend this place to everyone who is interested in history of Native Americans.

Visited June 2014
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Champaign, Illinois
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“Don't Miss It!!!!!!”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had two hours which was simply not enough. You could easily spend the whole day. This is the largest Native American Museum in the world, set in the beautiful woods of the Pequot Reservation. They had several large rooms of life sized diorama's showing Native American life in different eras, including one whole village. The Pequots have spared no expense. This museum is great for kids of all ages! I can't recommend it enough. You really have to see it to believe it!

Visited June 2014
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
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“Awesome Native American Venue”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Self guided tour was right in line with our needs. Lots of places to sit and see. The Native American village is AWESOME in itself! Did not try the food but have in the past and found it on par with similar venues.

Visited May 2014
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Florida
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116 reviews
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“One of America's Best”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Most of New England's history museums are overrated and dull.... If you want to see a really good museum, go to the Pequot Museum. It's especially helpful if you're interested in Native Americans, but this museum is state-of-the-art and it's a model for every community. Take notes, if you're a state or a local historian.... You'll see the Pequot in the context of their natural environment. The tribe's social history is carefully explained.... With most New England museums, history "stops" at some point in the 1800s. With the Pequots, the story continues to the present moment. You'll learn about the tribe's recent accomplishments.... Also, it should be noted, "This place is fascinating. It's lively. It's worth visiting."

Visited May 2014
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New Haven, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Lesson for old and young--not only in history”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

We went to this place on a Sunday in May. Already the surrounding nature is worth a visit, I can imagine how colorful it can be in fall... The museum is huge, there is a lot to see, to read, to learn, to experience. So plan at least half a day for this museum. There are plenty of interesting rooms, like Native artist's artwork, geology, the 4 seasons from the point of view of the Natives, history "lessons", etc. You can also visit a Native village, see the residents in different situations. There is something for all your senses. You can learn about the Native Americans' social life, their beliefs, and also their language. There are also films presented in which native speakers tell stories. It is amazing. Our daughter (2,5y) enjoyed the museum very much, but I think that it might be an awesome attraction mostly for 7-10 years old. After we had visited the Pequot museum the next weekend visited Old Sturbridge Village. Here we learned how the residents of the town described the Natives and what kind of interactions they had with each other. That made the whole story more interesting.
The museum is absolutely worth a visit, although it is not cheap if you go there with the whole family. It was also not really clear to me whether it is about the Pequot or rather about Native Americans in general. There is a restaurant too, that promises you Native Maerican flavors. However, during our visit they were just preparing for a wedding so the options for a meal were just poor (french fries, burger, chicken fingers). The food was good, but not outstanding and also not cheap. There is arts and craft every Saturday but it costs 5 usd extra.

Visited May 2014
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