Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
I never understood what Marlon Brando was saying about Indians until back in the 90’s when I visited an Indian reservation out in the West. As my sons observed, “Mom, our shed in the back year is better than those homes.” Wisdom from the mouth of babes, I say no more.
Our country took away a way of life for those native Americans so proud to live, so proud to die. Lucky for them but ironic that a quirk in the U. S. federal laws gave them a chance to prosper.
Indian casinos thrive today. In fact, one of them, Foxwoods, is the largest resort casino in North America. I was curious about how it fares against Atlantic City and Las Vegas casinos so I put it on my schedule. I’m no high roller so no comps for me just two tickets to a museum. This side trip was on my dime.
The Mashantucket Pequot base totals 1,250 acres. Its economy thrives from Foxwoods (started as a bingo hall in 1986) and its 1992 expansion into international gambling. Gaming abounds. Picks include bingo, poker, keno, race book, slots and/or tables. I chose other things there during my stay at its Grand Pequot Tower. The Festival Buffet there as good; the live band at its Atrium Bar was entertaining.
At the top of my list of things to do was visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center on the property and ride the elevator up to the Observation Tower for an excellent aerial view of the rest of the Pequot lands and Foxwoods. Later I strolled through the woods. I also drove through the reservation.
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is one of the best museums I have ever toured anywhere–huge, beautiful, modern. What I learned about 18,000 years of native and natural history never was taught to me in grade school, high or college; however, it should have been.
Trivia: No 100% Pequots any longer exist. Their spoken language is extinct. The Pequot Museum helps one understand what happened. Its computer interactives, documentary videos, and twelve display areas give an overview of tribal history, a chronological timeline of events, their efforts to reestablish themselves as a tribe, and how the present reflects their dreams.
I spent almost the whole day in life size walk-through exhibits. My hubby, who accompanied me, told me that the place was great and he wouldn’t mind returning again someday. That is a powerful recommendation for a man who lives for NASCAR and television. I can see why the place is affiliated with the National Smithsonian.
Contact information for Foxwoods Resort Casino is 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, P. O. Box 3777, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338. The telephone number is 1-800-FOXWOODS. Visit www.pequotmuseum.org for more information.
Admission to the attraction featured in this review (not the hotel stay) was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.