Engage. Educate. Experience.
 
 

 

Experience

Rhode Island's Only Indigenous Museum Dedicated To Sharing Our Culture, Arts and History From A First Person Perspective.  Tomaquag Museum Features An Extensive Collection and Archive That Focuses On Tribal Communities of Southern New England.   


 
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Plan Your Visit

Tomaquag Museum is open year round, public visits Wednesdays from 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM - 2 PM; private and group tours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment. Plan your visit or book a tour now!

Learn How

 

Events Calendar

 

 Contemporary Art Exhibit

Contemporary Art Exhibit

 Deer Foot Exhibit

Deer Foot Exhibit

Featured Exhibits

In honor of our 60th anniversary, Tomaquag Museum has renovated and added new exhibits. Be sure to come and see what's new! 

 
 Intern Sherente Harris giving a tour of The Pursuit of Happiness exhibit.

Intern Sherente Harris giving a tour of The Pursuit of Happiness exhibit.

 Museum Educator Lynsea Montanari with a Children's Hour group.

Museum Educator Lynsea Montanari with a Children's Hour group.

Tours

Tomaquag Museum offers group tours year round designed for adults and children from a variety of Indigenous perspectives, led by an Indigenous Educator.  We have thousands of visitors annually from schools, universities, scouts, assisted living programs, corporations, and more.  Each tour can be adjusted to your unique specifications.  Click the link below to learn more! 

 
 Lorén Spears visits schools around southern New England.

Lorén Spears visits schools around southern New England.

 Tomaquag Museum at Brown University, one of our many partnerships.

Tomaquag Museum at Brown University, one of our many partnerships.

Visiting Museum Educators

Tomaquag Museum can come to you! Our offsite programs have served hundreds of schools, libraries, universities, businesses, and more ever year!  Our highly qualified staff offer a range of offsite presentations, trainings and workshops that can be adjusted to meet your needs.  Bring the unique voice of our indigenous educators to your facility today.  Clink the links below to learn more! 


 Tribal elder Tall Oak Weeden during the A.I.M talk. 

Tribal elder Tall Oak Weeden during the A.I.M talk. 

Educate

The Mission of the Tomaquag Museum is to Educate the Public and Promote Thoughtful Dialogue Regarding Indigenous History, Culture, Arts, Mother Earth and Connections to Native Issues of Today.  

Check Out The Following Educational Resources to Assist in Your Research, Curriculum Development, or Just to Learn More.  A Great Source for Teachers, Homeschoolers, Students, and Researchers.  Don't forget to check out our YouTube Page for additional information.  

 

Educational Resources

 

Resource List

A list of helpful educational resources vetted for diversity of content, accuracy, and cultural sensitivity.

 
 

"Belonging's" Blog

Belonging(s): “A close relationship among a group and personal or public effects”. Through this community blog, we strive to be inclusive by including the unique perspectives of staff, volunteers, interns, and experts.  

 
 

Podcast

This video series explores a variety of different subjects around Indigenous life showcasing cultural presentations, guest lectures, Native American artists, Indigenous authors, and  more!

 

Engage

Tomaquag Museum welcomes all people to engage in our tours, programs, classes, workshops, lectures and demonstrations with artists, culture bearers and museum educators. We accommodate for special needs, all ages, and welcome all cultures to share in the dialogue and cultural experiences.

 Thawn Harris, Narragansett, leading a social dance during our annual Strawberry Thanksgiving celebration.

Thawn Harris, Narragansett, leading a social dance during our annual Strawberry Thanksgiving celebration.

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Indigenous Empowerment Network

OUR MISSION

The Tomaquag Museum's Indigenous Empowerment Network strives to eradicate poverty in the Indigenous Community of Rhode Island through education, cultural competency, job training, and employment at the Tomaquag Museum and our ever expanding network of partners.  

  2017 IEN Interns

2017 IEN Interns

Our Vision

The Indigenous Empowerment Network envisions its future as a deep-rooted community program that helps Tomaquag Museum continue its future as an Indigenous Cultural Education destination.  Our goal is to transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of Indigenous Cultures and the interrelationship with the wider world creating meaningful opportunity for success to Indigenous people in our community thereby eradicating the barriers that have long held us back and forging a newer, brighter future.  Find out how you can join this ever growing network and help us reach this goal! 

 

 
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Our Impact

Your support allows Tomaquag staff to create new tours, workshops, programs and lectures to inspire thoughtful dialogue and engaging learning experiences for all ages from pre-school to Elders. It allows for student interns to work in collections, archives, museum education and administration. Your investment in Tomaquag Museum supports job creation in RI, growing our economy.  Our Indigenous Empowerment Network, aimed at rooting out poverty in Indigenous communities, creates educational and occupational opportunities spanning all generations from children to elders. AND most exciting of all, you will be supporting our new home development so we can continue to grow and serve the community.  

Kutaputush! (Thank you)

 

60! 

Years Serving communities

throughout New England.  In 2018 we are celebrating our 60th anniversary! Be sure to visit us this year and help us celebrate this exciting milestone.

 

14+

Thousand INDIVIDUALS Impacted

in 2017 through our tours, events, and educational programs both here and throughout New England! 

 
 

36+

THOUSAND Dollars Raised

in 2017, through private contributions from donors like you who have consistently supported our efforts, Kutaputush (Thank You)! 

 
 

 

AUGUST 2017

"Wonderful museum! The tour was fantastic and an amazing experience. I would recommend to anyone looking for something interesting and informing. Don't be fooled by the small size, this museum is a must see!"

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