Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Tower at Pequot Museum

On our way to a little get-away in Mystic, Connecticut, we visited the Pequot Museum near Foxwoods (a big casino).

View of Foxwoods from Tower

Museum Roof from Tower

We weren't quite sure what to expect, but it is a wonderful museum. I highly recommend visiting!!


Dugout Canoe

No photos are permitted in the exhibit space. There is a floor that shows artifacts and explains about the natural surroundings in New England from the last ice age to the present.

Back View of Museum

The lowest floor in the museum is a 4 acre indoor re-creation of a Pequot village, including homes, gardens, hunting and fishing. That was my favorite part of the museum.

Brass numbers on the floor correspond to numbers you press on a hand-held audio device. You can walk around and learn more about the areas that interest you. I learned more about gardening, food storage, and the only domesticated animal the Pequots had (dogs!)

Pequot Museum Tips:
  • Allow enough time. We spent just over 2 1/2 hours, and could have used a little more time.
  • GPS Coordinates: N 41.46482 W 71.96181 (When we tried to use the street address on our GPS, we ended up somewhere else entirely.)
  • Food: For lunch we went to Noah's in Stonington, which was good....but the museum's cafe looked good also. Prices seemed reasonable and the architecture of the cafe space was airy, open and interesting.
  • Have fun!!!


Benita said...

What a cool museum! I love it when they recreate villages so you can get a real feel for what they were like - B&W pictures just don't work.

Delighted Hands said...

Sounds like an excellent way to spend the day! Thanks for sharing one of your tours! The Indian village would be the highlight of my day, too.

Sharon said...

It seems odd that you would have a huge casino back there. I think of Nevada when I think of casino, and I don't think too kindly when I think of casino. Pretty, nevertheless.

Janet said...

I've been wanting to go to that museum for years but on previous visits my son in Connecticut has told me the children were too young to enjoy it. Well, now they are old enough so he has no excuse - hope we'll get there on our next visit.

Charlotte said...

What a great building - I love those interior shots! I'm always amazed by the big scale of buildings etc in your country.

Life Looms Large said...

I was surprised by the size of this museum too!! I haven't seen any info about the architecture, but it's very interesting. There's planting on the roof, and the building is built into a hill. From the lower floors you can look out and see the base of trees. One floor might even be totally underground.

Court cases in the 1970's paved the way for gaming on Indian reservations. Definitely a complicated issue and situation!!

I'm really glad I got to visit the museum and would recommend it to most anyone!


charlotte said...

A beautiful building, and a very special architecture!