The Institute for American Indian Studies
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The Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) is a museum and research center in Washington, CT. IAIS preserves through discovery and education the vitality, cultural knowledge, and traditions of Native American Peoples with a focus on Eastern Woodland Communities. Our exhibits feature 12,000 years of human history and lifeways though artifacts and art from across America. The 15 acres of the museum’s natural surroundings contain trails, a medicinal garden and a replicated village. The museum collections, housed in the research center, include over 355,000 Native American artifacts, and ethnographic items, libraries, and archival records. Museum programming includes an archaeology club, festivals, workshops, programming for adults and children, and academic lectures. Our education department serves over 10,000 school children annually from the tri-state area with hands-on programs and curriculum aligned to Connecticut State Standards. The IAIS is open five days a week, year-round.
Funds from Give Local help to support our educational efforts to promote the understanding of Native Lifeways in New England for all ages through our educational programs. Educational programming at IAIS is held both at the museum and as outreach at other educational facilities. Our education department works with school groups and visitors to ensure that all who visit IAIS leave with a better understanding of Native American culture.
38 Curtis Road
P.O. Box 1260
Washington, CT 06793