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Institute for American Indian Studies

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38 Curtis RD, Litchfield County, Washington, CT 06793-0260
+1 860-868-0518
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Incredible Quality in Small Space.

Gem in a Woodland! A beautifully informed museum lay-out. I've been in numerous American Indian... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
carole c
Groton, Connecticut
Little gem of a museum

Recently visited the Institute and truly enjoyed our visit. Two staffers gave us a personal tour of... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Patrick R
Wellesley, Mass USA
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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 Eastern Woodland Communities. Our museum exhibits feature 12,000 years of human history and lifeways though artifacts and art from across America. Visitors can experience the past first-hand with our replicated tools, instruments, and other items used in daily life located in our indoor Sachem’s longhouse classroom. The 15.5 acres of the museum’s natural surroundings contain several hiking trails, a medicinal garden, and a replicated 16th century Algonkian village. The museum collections, housed in the research center, include over 355,000 Native American artifacts and ethnographic items, two libraries, and archival records available to researchers by appointment. Museum programming includes annual festivals, various workshops, children’s programs, academic lectures, and an archaeology club that participates in excavations, performs lab work, and hosts lectures. Our education department serves over 10,000 school children annually from the tri-state area with hands-on programs and curricula aligned to Connecticut State Standards. Curious adult learners also will find numerous educational program offerings on a variety of topics. Find your adventure today.
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38 Curtis RD, Litchfield County, Washington, CT 06793-0260
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Reviewed 14 August 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

Thank carole c
Reviewed 3 March 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

Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 7 August 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

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Reviewed 30 June 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.

Thank deeter123
Reviewed 13 February 2016

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

Thank jugurtha656
Reviewed 28 July 2015

This museum has an international reputation, and it is well worth it, something g for every family member, examples of homes used by the native population is one example. My grandchildren really enjoyed exploring. We used to,take our kids there so it was fun introducing...More

1  Thank yysuzanne
Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

This small museum is off the beaten path, but it's well worth a stop. We had a ten and thirteen year-old with us and they enjoyed it. We had an excellent tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable, very patient about answering questions, and clearly passionate...More

1  Thank TrishaHMoore
Reviewed 9 June 2015

Have been visiting this location for years, as it abuts Steep Rock hiking trails. They have come a long way with the Institute and there is a long house and other Indian artifacts to view. Docents are very knowledgeable and friendly. They also accept school...More

1  Thank CTMDM
Reviewed 14 November 2014 via mobile

Not only was this a great museum to visit with the kids it's also very interesting for adults. Often places like these are suitable for kids or adults, this one is interesting for all. I am so happy we made this afternoon trip. We were...More

2  Thank Beachfamilybum
Reviewed 28 July 2014

In terms of museums in general, this is a small one in square footage, but a huge one in interesting and educational features. This Institute gives visitors a glimpse into the cultural lives of Native Americans. Many of the staff and contributors are descendants of...More

1  Thank Toni112950
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