Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center is a museum of Native American culture that is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The museum's permanent collection includes artifacts of Native American peoples of eastern North America from the 16th century to the 20th century, as well as commissioned art works and traditional crafts by modern Native Americans. A series of interactive exhibits and life-size dioramas depicts the lifeways and history of the Mashantucket Pequot and their ancestors from the last glacial period through modern times. One highlight is a 22,000 sq ft walk-through re-creation of a coastal Pequot village around the year 1550, shortly before the first contact with Europeans.
The 308,000 sq ft facility was built at a cost of $193.4 million, largely funded by casino revenues. It also includes resources for scholarly research on the histories and cultures of the native peoples of the United States and Canada.