Take your group or class on an immersive, eyeopening journey through time to explore history and todays vibrant Native American cultures. The Pequot Museum’s awardwinning, interactive, multimedia environment stimulates the senses, captures the imagination, and stirs the spirit! Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more people with advanced reservations. Well work with you to customize your visit. Options include selftouring, guided tours, enrichment programs, express lunch, and expert speaker presentations. Click here for a printable version of our group program brochure.

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General Information:

For group reservations call (860) 3966839 or email groupsales@pequotmuseum.org.

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

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.

Enrichment Programs

Enrichment programs, from 1-2 hours in duration, include the following:

Witness to a Genocide: A Social Justice Approach:
By taking a detailed look at the 1637 massacre of the Pequot village and the ensuing centuries of oppression faced by the Pequot people, groups examine how their personal actions can carry serious consequences. The film The Witness is part of the program. Recommended for ages 13-adult.

Archaeology’s Window to the Past: Interpreting Refuse Pits, Can You Dig It?
Do you know why archaeology is sometimes called our window to the past? Participants discover the answer in this hands-on program by working with simulated refuse heaps from 3 different time periods in Pequot history. The task is to identify and interpret artifacts from each time period. Recommended for ages 9-adult.

Outreach Programs

When you cannot come to the Museum, our interactive traveling programs can come to you. These educatorled programs challenge commonly held ideas about Pequots and their cultural preservation.

Scheduling an Outreach Program
Reserve your program at least 3 weeks in advance by calling (860) 396-6839 or emailing groupsales@pequotmuseum.org.

  • Payment is due 2 weeks in advance of outreach program.
  • School groups require an adult in the room during the presentation.
  • Try to set aside 1 room for all of your programs to minimize set-up time between programs.
  • Allow 15 minutes between programs and 30 minutes for lunch.

The Pequot Story: Celebrating Heritage
A museum educator arrives with a variety of hands-on objects, photographs, and materials to illustrate Pequot lives and activities in a 16th century coastal village. Participants learn how the arrival of Europeans brought dramatic change. Explore the similarities and differences in Pequot life then and now.

Outreach Program Rates

  • 1 Classroom $250
  • 2 Classrooms $325
  • 3 Classrooms $400
  • Auditorium Program $475 4th Grade & Up (Slide Presentation)
  • Mileage $.56 Per Mile ($50 Surcharge for Beyond 60 Miles)