The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Mashantucket

(4.5/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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  • An amazing museum which captivated the whole family (kids aged 8, 10, 13, 17, 19 and 22). We spent three hours here but would have liked to have stayed longer. There is so much to see and explore. Whi...  more »
  • This is probably one of the best Museums you can visit. Despite having a family with a really negative view on the native people given the affects of the Abenaki Slave trade and grandparents that thin...  more »
  • This museum gives a great history. There is a lot of Native art to appreciate and to help understand their history. There are also oral histories given. Then there is a part of the museum that shows t...  more »
  • As a very hardcore homeschooler/Unschooler, let me say, we keep the museums hot. This one is a jewel! This museum is truly Smithsonian quality. From the moment we parked in the beautifully peaceful and green parking lot (there's something I never thought I'd say!) to our exit 5 minutes before closing, our experience was perfect. The young lady who greeted us at the admissions desk was warm, friendly and so helpful. I was using a library pass which she seemed fully aware of and welcomed us the same. Every employee, even the janitors and two lovely bathroom attendants were eager to make us feel welcome. By the way, the bathrooms were immaculate(huge points for that). So much to see in this beautiful museum. Take a few extra minutes to enjoy the beautifully appointed courtyard area outside. The lush landscape and contemporary architecture are top notch. Thank you for offering such a wonderful place to help facilitate my child's education. Clean, friendly, helpful and packed with fantastic exhibits. We will be back VERY soon! Telling everyone to visit.
  • Smithsonian quality. This museum could hold its own on the Capitol mall. It's that good. You can (easily) lose yourself in there for hours. If you like nature and history (as I do), you will love the MPTN museum. Outstanding!
  • A great learning experience opportunity. Give yourself at least 3 hours to really see everything. There are pictures, artifacts, a movie, a WHOLE village with a recorded guide and more besides. You can purchase a guide tour, but it's nice to go at your own pace once. There are group tour available too. There staff members positions throughout the building to help if you get turned around. They were rather quiet but polite. This museum is insightful. It is a story that needs to be told. I hope to return...a few more times!
  • The museum shows the entire history of Pequot people and the entire region from ice age to modern times. This place is huge, informative, and very beautiful. The documentaries on the conflict with european settlers were surprisingly balanced. If you want to know how to build-up a community from shacks and trailers to astonishing wealth in many difficult steps, visit this place and learn. Do not forget the restaurant on the 4th level. They make the best turkey sandwich and the best crunberry lemonade.
  • What we thought would be a short part of our day ended up turning into a 5 hour tour through history - and we don't regret it! The highlight was the model village with a self guided audio tour that allowed you to explore at your own pace and get more details on what interested you. Very glad to have found this spot, and happy to recommend it to future travelers!