Connecticut August 11, 2019
The Nature Trails At This Connecticut Museum Lead To Ancient Discoveries
We recently took you on a hike through an
abandoned village. Today’s journey will lead you on a wonderful trip to another one of Connecticut’s historical spots. Put on your hiking shoes and get ready for an amazing experience as we travel through the forest to a replicated 16th century Algonkian Village. The nature trails at The Institute For American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center (IAIS Museum) are fun for the whole family to explore.
The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center is dedicated to preserving and educating Connecticut's diverse Native American culture. Located in the northwest corner of the state in the town of Washington, this attraction combines nature, history, and culture to create a destination the whole family will love.
The museum has oodles of intriguing exhibits, but a favorite by far is the 16th-century replicated Algonkian Village.
To get there, explore the nature trails that criss-cross the 15-acre museum property. The trails are well-marked and easy to navigate.
Each of the nature trails leads to this ancient discovery in the woods. And each trail has interpretive signs revealing Native American uses for the plants you'll encounter.
The replicated village has a Sachem's House, bark-covered wigwams, and a Three Sisters garden, all features common to the Algonkian village of 350-1000 years ago.
Explore the inside of the structures and you'll be transported back in time. Soak in the simplicity of how the Native Americans lived years and years ago.
Kids can enjoy an epic-sized game of pretend as they explore the village in the forest.
During your visit, you'll also want to explore the indoor exhibits including a fantastic Children's Room geared towards younger visitors. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for children ages 3-12. Children under 3 and military personnel and their families may visit the IAIS Museum for free.
The IAIS Museum is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Learn more by visiting their
. Address: 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793
Looking for more trails to explore in Connecticut? Try these ten short
waterfall hikes or these beautiful beach hikes. Don’t forget to share your photos of all your outdoor adventures in our Connecticut Nature Lovers Group on Facebook!