Would you like to tag along for a pre-historic caribou hunt, descend into a glacial crevasse, and stroll through a 16th century Indian village, all before lunch? Then the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, where history comes alive as never before, is the place for you. Life-size exhibits, dramatic films and touch-screen computer programs put the excitement of the past as close as your fingertips. It is an experience the entire family will never forget. This state-of the-art, tribally-owned museum brings to life the Native American and natural history of New England and North America from the Ice Age to the present. Visitors thrill to the exploits and trials of the first people of the Americas who, more than 10,000 years ago, used the resources of the land and waters to survive in a forbidding climate.
Marvel at the full-size, multi-sensory dioramas and exhibits, a dozen engaging films and six interactive computer programs. Just touch the computer screen to learn about Native languages, exciting archaeological discoveries, plants and animals and how Native people relied on them for survival. Watch Native artisans make tools, bowls, and other useful objects from natural materials, just as they have for hundreds of years.
One of many museum highlights is “The Witness,” a compelling half-hour film on the 1637 Pequot War that provides riveting historical drama. A History Channel documentary calls the Pequot War one of the 10 events that changed America. New York Magazine called the Pequot Museum “An immediate hit with families” and The New York Times raved, “No one can say the glory of Native culture is a past phenomenon.”
Visit the museum's Google Calendar, http://fon.gs/pequotmuseum for a complete list of upcoming events, performances, education and cultural programs.
The museum's website is a great resource on tribal history and cultures for students, educators and the public. The Museum has a gift shop and a restaurant serving lunch and snacks. The Museum is located on Mashantucket, the tribal reservation, off Rte. 214 at 110 Pequot Trail. A free shuttle runs between the museum and the Foxwoods Resort Casino hotels.