Mar 3, 2011
01:20 PMDiscover Connecticut
Weekend Discovery: Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Like many, when I visit Foxwoods, the first place I go to is the gaming floor or maybe a restaurant (you know, to have something to eat before I start donating my cash to them). It was only on an assignment for the magazine that I discovered the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and after visiting it, I have to say it's one of the hidden gems of the state.
In terms of museums, it rivals anything in the nation, and is almost Disneyesque in its quality and presentation. (Obviously, those gaming revenues have been well spent.) The state-of-the-art displays and interactive exhibits are informative and cool, and some of the larger dioramas—like the Pequot Village—almost put EPCOT to shame. I'm not necessarily a big fan of Native American history, but it really couldn't have been made any more accessible and interesting than this. From when you start your tour (and feel the chill as you pass through a prehistoric glacial crevasse), all the way through present day, you are completely immersed in the evolution of the tribe.
Like many museums, there are also a number of special events, movies, author visits and readings, and other historical programs happening on a regular basis. Also, don't forget to take a trip to the top of the 185-foot observation tower, where you can get a sweeping view of the reservation, casino and a wide swath of Southeastern Connecticut.
For more info, call 860.411.9671 or visit pequotmuseum.org.Weekend Discovery: Mashantucket Pequot Museum