Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington

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The Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) museum, education and research center in Washington, CT opened its doors in 1975 as an outgrowth of local efforts to recover New England's, then largely unknown, indigenous history. IAIS' core values of preservation, education and sharing of Native American cultures, traditions and community from deep history to contemporary times are the foundations of our programs, lectures, events, workshops and research.

IAIS is open year-round, seven days a week (except major U.S. holidays) offering 4 exhibit galleries, a Children's Discovery Room, replicated outdoor 16th century Algonkian village, the Four Directions Gift Shop plus outdoor gardens and trails along our 15 acres of woodland landscape.

Come explore the past, engage with the present, and embrace Mother Earth at the Institute for American Indian Studies. Walk in the footsteps of Native Americans past and present and experience Life in the Woodlands!
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  • This is an amzing museum! The staff is very passionate about what they do and knowledgable about Native Americans, especially the tribes native to Conneticut. Additionally, the Wigwam Escape room is.....  more »
  • We came across this museum while checking on things to do around Washington which is a lovely small town. We were on holiday from England and interested in learning more about the native American...  more »
  • Amazing museum Native American Museum that traces the history of the indigenous peoples of Connecticut. This museum has more than more than 6,000 post European contact items and over 300,000 archaeological artifacts that represent hundreds of Native American societies throughout the Western Hemisphere. Many special programs are also offered. Highlights include the Green Corn Festival in August and maple sugaring in March, both events are really fun and educational. Friendly, knowledgeable, hard working staff. The outdoor village, a 16th century recreation of an Algonquin Village is also a highlight.
  • This is small museum with a big heart from its crew. The crew are very professional and passionate, armed with academics and local history. It's worth the trip from NYC.

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