Institute for American Indian Studies
PO Box 1260
38 Curtis Road
Washington, CT 06793-0260
(860) 868-0518

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Formerly the American Indian Archaeological Institute, the Institute for American Indian Studies is a museum and educational and research center dedicated to the study of indigenous peoples throughout the western hemisphere, particularly those of the Eastern Woodlands.

Visitors will enjoy a wide range of exhibitions that explore the art and culture of Native American peoples. Family programs and special events take place throughout the year, and two in-house libraries are available by appointment.

Outside, the replicated 17th Century Algonkian Village is an authentically constructed settlement with 3 wigwams, a longhouse, a rock shelter, and a three sister's garden planted with corn, beans, and squash. (According to legend these crops are "three inseparable sisters" who only grow and thrive together) Students learn about another way of life, and can also study native plants while walking the trails.

Another unique aspect of the Institute is that it invites the public to participate in archaeological excavations of early native villages. This is real archaeology, where folks can learn how we discover information about people of the past. It is an opportunity to contribute to the preservation of a rich heritage.

Visitors can experience demonstrations of native technology (food processing, tool manufacture), craft workshops, films, dances, performances, and storytelling. Call The Institute or visit their official website for a calendar of these and other fascinating activities.

Bring your family; teachers bring your students. Educational Programs are available for adult and youth groups of all ages.

School/Scout Programs for Pre-K through adult offer titles such as, Little Lessons in Indian Lifeways and Indians of the Woodlands: a glimpse of life in the Eastern Woodlands approximately 500 years ago. Adjunct programs include Native American Games, Crafts and Stories. Programs are tailored to the age of the group and run between 1 - 3 hours.

Hours: Weekdays and Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sundays, 12 - 5pm. Last admission is at 4:30pm. Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. May close during inclement weather. Call to confirm hours and fees before visiting.
Adults $8.00 Children under 16 $5.00
Seniors $6.00
Groups: School Programs: about $8.00 - $16.00 per student, depending on program, content, and materials cost. $120.00 minimum. 1 chaperone per 10 students FREE. Others pay student rate.
Group Reservations: Call for info.
Lunch: Picnic area on grounds.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: I-87 North to I-287 East to I-684 North to I-84 East to exit 15. Left at end of exit onto Rt. 67 & 6. Stay on 67 for about 8 miles to Roxbury. Just north of Roxbury turn right onto Rt. 199 for 3½ miles. Institute is on left. About 90 minutes from George Washington Bridge.

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