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390 A Summit Road
Exeter, RI, 02822
United States

(401)491-9063

Tomaquag Museum is dedicated to educating the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, Mother Earth and to connect to native issues of today.

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"Fantastic Experience"

February 2, 2017

"Fantastic experience today at the museum. Sincerely enthusiastic and knowledgable staff providing education and awareness of the Narragansett people and other tribes in the area. Felt very welcomed in such a culturally sensitive space and can't wait to share my experience with others about the current social justice guided tour. Thank you Lindsay, Kat, Samantha and Loren!"

"Tomaquag Shows Us"

October 20, 2016

"In many museums visitors are taught that indigenous people are trapped in the past, but Tomaquag shows us that native communities continue to thrive despite the ongoing violence of colonization."

"Very Moving"

March 3, 2017

Informative,educational and spiritual. A highlight for me was hearing Lynsea say words of welcome in Narragansett. Very moving to experience this bridge from the past, expressed so well in the present.

"Just Beautiful"

October 20,2016

"The welcome dance was just beautiful ... something I wish was a part of most museums. Better than hearing don't touch anything."

“Very Enjoyable”

October 26, 2016

“Thank you so much for welcoming our class for a very enjoyable field trip. All of the students learned a lot and they enjoyed the visit.”

“New Museum Experience”

June 28, 2016

“Thank you so much for meeting with us and sharing your experiences last week! For many of us, it was our first visit to a first - person museum and it definitely exposed us to a completely new museum experience. We really appreciated the behind-the-scenes tour and the time you all took to teach us about the past and present of Rhode Island's Indigenous peoples. This visit definitely stands out as a highlight of our Summer!”


“Wonderful tour”

September 1, 2016

"After a lovely, easy drive in bucolic Exeter, we enjoyed an informative, entertaining tour of this important museum. Although it is small, it has a wealth of artifacts and articles. I want to return, to have more time to explore it further. My only wish is that it's gift shop were bigger, with more books, though it does have lots of jewelry, CDs, dream catchers and other items. Wish their t-shirts were in more colors, too. I'm looking into nearby restaurants; will make the next visit a full day in the area."

"I Love It"

December 15, 2017 Regarding Children's Hour

“The best part was doing lots of things in each class. The projects and learning about the history was the best part of coming. I learned a lot. I always look forward to coming. I love it.”

Success

October 11, 2016

“This October 8 event brought together a diverse public audience to a culturally sensitive location - Charlestown's Fort Ninigret - demonstrating that native Americans and archaeologists can work together towards the ideal of presenting a broader understanding of place that either could alone. The success of this event follows your considerable experience as an educator, and your style of public engagement is second-to-none. Several people approached me directly to explain how privileged they felt to listen to you share your local indigenous outlooks, and clarified that your talk was the highlight of the event. Your participation not only reflects well on the Tomaquag Museum, it raised the stature of this event to a level that the Rhode Island preservation and Heritage Commission and Salve Regina University could not otherwise Achieve.”