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Institute for American Indian Studies

Discover Native American lifeways from over 10,000 years ago to the present through exhibits,  gardens and an outdoor replicated  Algonkian village. Through tours and lectures learn the story of indigenous people living in the Americas both past and present. 

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The Institute for American Studies (IAIS) is a small, private, not-for-profit museum and education and research center in northwestern Connecticut. Fun, interactive and exiting programs, workshops and festivals are offered for all ages. Visitors to the museum experience a wide range of exhibits featuring Woodland Native American cultures from 10,000 years ago to present day. Changing temporary exhibits highlight Native Peoples from throughout the Americas showcasing both historic and contemporary art, lifeways and material cultural. Enjoy our Core Exhibition - Quinnetukut: Our Homeland, Our Story, the Children's Discovery Room, the indoor Sachem’s House Classroom and much more! Browse the Four Directions gift shop for a diverse selection of Native made gifts and souvenirs for all ages and interests. Situated on 15 wooded acres with trails, garden areas, and a replicated 16th century Algonkian Village, the museum is the perfect place for a picnic and a walk in the woods.    

Tour time: 1-2 hours                 

Other amenities: parking, self-guided tours, guided tours available Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.  


Pricing: Adults $10, seniors $8, children $6.

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Senior Discounts, Store, Toilets, Hiking Trails



38 Curtis Rd.
(off Rte. 199)
Washington, CT 06793


Wed.-Sun. 11-4. Closed major holidays.

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