Museum Spotlight: The Tomaquag Museum in Exeter

Looking for something unique in our area?

This week we take a virtual visit to the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, Rhode Island, with Executive Director of the museum, Lorén Spears.

Tell us about the museum


Tomaquag Museum’s mission is to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth and connect to Native issues of today.

What is the mission of your museum?


We feature a variety of tour packages for all ages from pr-school to college to adult, senior & special needs programs.

Tours can include art workshop, traditional games, storytelling, Nature hike, guided lesson, and/or a film.We also have an extensive offsite program menu where our museum educators will go to your school,organization, corporation, library, camp etc,. to share cultural knowledge through workshops, lectures, trainings, storytelling, cultural performances and other educational programming.

Is the museum appropriate for children under 10?

Absolutely! We have Children’s Hour from April to November for children of all ages which includes music, dance, storytelling, museum scavenger hunt, art projects and new topics each week. We also have a children’s activity area with games, touch & explore station and other interactives.

Each year we have family friendly events Strawberry Thanksgiving, Cranberry Thanksgiving, Smithsonian Day Live, Nikkommo and others that include storytelling, music & dance, artist demonstrations, art workshops, traditional games and much more.

What is one interesting item or exhibit all visitors should know about?

Former First Lady Michelle Obama presents the Tomaquag Museum with an award that celebrates institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families and their communities

This year is our 60th anniversary, Princess Red Wing(Narragansett/Wampanoag) was the co-founder and first person voice of the Native community. We have just redesigned the exhibit spotlighting her life and her legacy of education, activism and cultural continuity.

Along with this exhibit we have several new and redesigned exhibits for our visitors, repeat as well as first time, to learn about the Native community, culture, history and arts including Deerfoot: Ellison “Tarzan” Brown, an Olympic marathon runner and winner of the Boston Marathon twice! New to this exhibit is an original print from 1937 Germany, a trophy from a 3 mile run in Boston from April 19, 1937.

Where can more info be found?




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