Tomaquag Museum

390 Summit Road, Exeter, RI 02822 - United States



Tomaquag Museum, 2016 IMLS National Medal Winner, is Rhode Island’s only Native-operated facility dedicated to the sharing of indigenous culture, arts and history. Nestled nearby 1400 acres of wildlife management property, the museum features an extensive collection and archive that focuses on tribal communities of southern New England and highlights the Narragansett and Niantic Tribes.


Smithsonian Museum Day will be held in conjunction with our traditional Cranberry Thanksgiving and will feature Museum Tours, Cultural Demonstrations, Storytelling, Native Arts Vendors, traditional foods, along with the Thanksgiving Ceremony.

11 different exhibits currently on display, many of which have been newly added for 2018 including...

Chief Strong Horse
Learn about the life and contributions of Narragansett elder, Chief Strong Horse nee Kenneth Smith.

Contemporary Art
A new exhibit featuring the work of local indigenous artists. This new exhibit is part of a grant project funded by USDA and Third Sector New England to support Indigenous artists through small business incubation. Updated monthly to feature a new artist, this exhibit showcases the many different styles and techniques both traditional and contemporary used by Indigenous artists today.

Beadwork Then and Now
Newly designed for 2018, this exhibit shares the development of beading practices amongst Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the variations of styles by community, and the transition of ceremonial beadwork to commercial enterprise in the fight against poverty in Native communities.

Framing Community Spirit
Newly designed for 2018 this exhibit explores the history of the Narragansett Indian Church, a timeline of its Indigenous Ministers since it's induction in 1746, and how Christianity was woven into traditional spiritual practices to create a new faith amongst the Narragansett people, still practiced today.

Wunnegen Manootash
Newly designed for 2018 this exhibit highlights the unique style of Southern New England stamped basketry practices employed by the Narragansett, Niantic, Mohegan, Wampanoag and other local tribal communities.


Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.