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Take your group on an immersive, eye-opening journey through time to explore history and today's vibrant American Indian cultures. The Pequot Museum’s award-winning, interactive, multi-media environment stimulates the senses,captures the imagination, and stirs the spirit. We promise a must-see American museum experience like none other!


Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more people with advance reservations. We'll work with you to customize your visit. 

 

Options include self-touring, guided tours, enrichment programs, express lunch, VIP experiences/tours, and expert speaker presentations.

General Information:

  • For reservations call (860) 396-6839 or email groupsales@pequotmuseum.org.
  • Rates
  • Accessible facility 
  • Restaurant and gift shop on site
  • Ample free parking 
  • Free admission for bus driver and one escort
  • Please note: 
    • All members of your group must arrive at the same time. 
    • One lump sum payment is required on arrival or in advance of your visit (guests cannot pay individually).
     
Tours
Tours

Self-Tour for groups that prefer independent exploration.

Guided Tours, approximately 1 hour in duration, include the following:

Exhibit Highlights
This tour of the permanent exhibits provides an overview of the Pequot experience, from 18,000 years ago up to the present day, pointing out the important connection of the land, the people, community, and family.

Through the Eyes of a Pequot Child
Imaginations soar with the sights and sounds of a 16th century Pequot Village. This tour promotes understanding of Pequot life before European contact and demonstrates the importance of family and community.

Gifts of the Land & Waters
Discover why Native people have great respect for the natural world and why resources are valued as gifts. Stone, bone, shell, and wood were appreciated because they could be transformed into useful objects. Explore the seasonal dioramas and learn how each season brings different gifts.

Life on the Reservation
Learn about the harsh impact of reservation life and the conflicting elements of social, political, and economic change that reshaped the Pequot world. Younger groups learn about the Pequot ancestors and the difficult decisions they had to make to survive. Hear the stories of Sachem Robin Cassacinamon and Hannah Occuish.

Expert Speakers
Museum experts offer 45-minute presentations at the Museum or offsite.
Kevin

Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research

Head of the Museum’s Research Department, Dr. McBride also oversees field study programs on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation for graduate students and directs all ongoing archaeological excavations and ethnohistorical research for the Tribal Nation. He received his bachelor's degree from Assumption College and his master's and doctoral degrees in archaeology from the University of Connecticut, where he is currently an associate professor in anthropology. Dr. McBride offers presentations on the following topics:

  • Paleo-Environments and Climatic Change
  • Native American Land-Use Practices
  • Colonial Land-Use Practices
  • Native Americans in Colonial Wars
  • Ancient (Native and/or Colonial) Landscapes
  • Native American Forts
  • Battlefields of the Pequot War
  • Battlefields of King Philip’s War
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • New Theories on Peopling of the Americas
  • Slavery and Servitude
  • Cultural Landscapes in New England
Mancini

Dr. Jason Mancini, Mashantucket Pequot Museum Director

Jason Mancini is the Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, adjunct professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, and visiting assistant professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College. Dr. Mancini holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut with expertise in the archaeology and ethnohistory of New England. His current research projects focus on Indian histories after 1700 and involve Indian social networks, Indian mariners, urban Indian communities, race and ethnicity in New England, cultural landscapes, and oral histories. Dr. Mancini offers presentations on the following topics:

  • Indian Mariners:   As Indians lost nearly all of their land in New England, hundreds of Indian men began to work on maritime vessels – whaling, commerce, and naval vessels. Here they formed new kinds of communities amongst themselves and as they began to travel the world, they interacted with other indigenous peoples.
  • Communities of Color:   We usually hear about how Indians lose their land. But did you know that many Indians bought land privately? In many cases they bought land near others and formed rural neighborhoods of color that connected many reservation and urban communities as well.
  • Urban Indians:   Many cities and towns developed on Indian lands. In many cases Indians never left. In places like Westerly, Rhode Island, an Indian neighborhood formed as most Indian reservation communities in the regions were being dispossessed of their lands or detribalized after 1850. The community had a church, businesses, a political organization, and social events like powwows and sporting events.
  • Race and Ethnicity:   By the mid-1700s, European colonists had transformed the political, social, and legal landscape in New England. Indians were left with tiny reservations and the slave trade had grown rapidly. Many people from different continents were now interacting like never before. This talk addresses these changes as well as tribal citizenship and choices that Indians and others made in the wake of colonization.
  • Tribal Histories:    This talk introduces participants to the region’s Indian tribes, their experience with colonization, choices about land tenure, race and citizenship, community organization, and changing lifeways.
  • How Indians Lost their Land:   There are nearly nine million acres of land in southern New England. This was Indian country. By the American Revolution, Indians possessed less than 30,000 acres. This discussion focuses on the process of dispossession in New England and looks at the legal and social changes that took place through the 1700s and 1800s.
  • Slavery and Servitude:    As Europeans came to dominate New England society, many Indians were left without land to support themselves. Many Indian men died in colonial wars. As a result many Indians (especially children) became servants or slaves in colonial households. This talk examines Indian lives and experiences in servitude and the impact on Indian communities across the region.
  • Indians in the 20th Century:   This talk explores issues of race, identity, and community in Indian New England. These “invisible” histories are presented through oral histories and images and also highlight the political activities that led to federal recognition.
  • Indians in the New Millennium:   Bridging Indian histories and Indian communities today, this talk discusses ongoing forms of tribal governance, community activities, struggles with outsiders, and matters of race and citizenship.
  • Pictorial History:    Drawing on a range of individual, family, and tribal photos and images, this discussion narrates a mostly hidden history of Indians in southern New England and their struggles and successes.
  • Cultural Landscapes in New England:   Ever wonder about Indian place names? This talk highlights the places that have been and remain important to Indian people. The names of many locations are explored through this visual history and are connected to the people and events that have been erased from our history books.
V.I.P. Tours
Not all of the museum's collections are on display. Our museum staff members provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a few of our treasures from the vaults. No more than 10 people per group, 16 years old and older. 90 minutes, includes 1-hour Exhibit Highlights tour. $300