Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Through exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.

Voted by NH Magazine as the Best Cultural Center of 2012, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is a great place to bring the entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Children will appreciate the scenic sets, animated characters, and realistic costumes to be discovered at Mt. Kearsarge!

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum brings you on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. Discover the past by examining artifacts left behind in various ancient Indian territories. Combination tours also include a guided walk through the Medicine Woods Nature Trail featuring 100 plants native to our area, that were used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, shelter, and more!

Don’t forget to make a pit stop at The Dream Catcher Gift Shop to purchase a souvenir on your way out!

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One Circle, 1000 Stories, Experience It!

Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum

18 Highlawn Road

Warner, NH 03278

P. (603) 456-2600 ext. 226

F. (603) 456-3092

W. Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Contact: Edie Diagle

E. Visitorservices@indianmuseum.org

One Circle, 1000 Stories, Experience It!

REGULAR 2013 – 2014 SEASON HOURS

Open daily (including holidays) May 1 – October 31

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday noon- 5 pm.

Weekends & by appointment only November 1–December 10.

By appointment January – April.

  • Guided tours for the public daily at 2 pm
  • Educational tours available by reservation only: April – December.
  • Self-guided tours of galleries available all day
  • Indoor and Outdoor Quests
  • Self-guided tours of Medicine Woods available all day

Admission Prices

Adults – $8.50

Seniors/Students – $7.50

Children 6 – 12 – $6.50

Families (2 adults & children under 18) – $26.00

No charge for Native Americans, Museum Members, and Children under 6.

10% off admission with your AAA or AARP membership card!

Winter Hours

  • The museum is closed to the general public from mid-December through April 30.
  • Winter Tours are available January 2 – April 25 by appointment for groups of 3 or more.
  • Tours take 1-2 hours and may be scheduled for Monday thru Saturday 10am – 5pm or Sunday noon – 5pm.
  • To schedule your winter tour call 603-456-2600 Monday – Friday.

Accessibility

Our galleries are fully accessible to persons with physical limitations and disabilities.

Educator Resource Kits

The Museum encourages qualifying groups to borrow Teacher Resource Kits. These kits, arranged in easy to handle plastic totes, contain a variety of curriculum enhancing materials including reproduction artifacts, music CDs, books and craft ideas and are ideally suited to complement a Museum visit. You can check out a kit for up to two (2) weeks at any time.

Outreach Programs

A visit to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, where you can see over 1,000 Native American artifacts, is a mind-expanding experience.  However, if you are unable to make the trip, the Museum can come to you (with items from our Educational Collection) for presentations in classrooms, libraries, summer camps and other public venues.  Hands-on crafts are also available for smaller groups. Call the Museum to discuss details and your particular curriculum needs or topics. Outreach programs are available year-round.

Download Group Reservation Form

Educator Resources for Teachers before Class Visit

Educator Resources for Teachers after Class Visit

Take the Teacher Survey

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FAMILY TRIPS

Family Trips At Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

MKIM is a great place to bring your entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Here’s another reason…

Quests…they’re not just for knights anymore!

Quests help intrepid explorers uncover treasures of Native culture! Tour the museum at your own pace with the help of our family oriented Quests.

Completing the Circle Quest guides visitors through the galleries using engaging verses that encourage visitors young and old to observe the artifacts in special ways. Come questing at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and find a treasure at the end.

“Now, name a game where balls are tossed

From stick to stick, it’s called Lacrosse

Find the stick used for that sport

Then let me give the full report.”

and further on:

“Now go in search of bison grand

To Plains tribes who traversed the land.

The buffalo was like their general store

Providing leather, tools and more.”

The Medicine Woods

The Medicine Woods Quest

Leads visitors through a nature trail where plants grow that were and are used by Native Americans for food, medicine, dye, and building material. The Quest focuses on some of those uses and leads you to a treasure at the end.

General Public Tours

Visitors make take a self-guided tour of the museum at any time throughout the day. The last admission to the galleries is at 4:00. A self-guided tour includes:

  • An introductory video
  • A self-guided tour brochure
  • User-friendly DVD kiosks with information about the various regions of the United States
  • The chance to set your own pace or to concentrate in particular areas
  • The Dream Catcher Gift Shop
  • A self-guided tour of the Medicine Woods Trail

Guided tours daily at 2:00 

Visitors may opt to tour the museum with a trained guide each day at 2:00. After you have seen the introductory video your guide will take you through the museum’s seven galleries. He or she will provide you with information about the artifacts in each gallery, including

  • How the artifacts were used.
  • When and where they were made.
  • The materials and techniques that were used in the creation of the artifact.
  • The person or people who created the artifacts: Who were these people? How did their cultural and spiritual beliefs influence the choices they made in creating these artifacts?
  • Feel free to ask questions throughout the tour. Your guide will gladly answer them.

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School Trips – Camp Trips – Scout Groups

Cultural Field Trips in American Indian History 

If you are a classroom teacher, homeschool parent, youth group leader or enrichment coordinator looking for ways to share Native American history and culture with your students, MKIM is a natural resource. In addition to offering group tours of the museum, we offer Educator Resource Kits, Educator Workshops, Outreach Programs and information on how MKIM aligns with the New Hampshire Department of Education’s State Curriculum Frameworks for Teaching Social Studies.

Cultural Field Trips in American Indian History Tours

Guided tours of the Museum for groups of 10 or more are available by reservation only. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance. Please call (603) 456-2600 or download and mail in the Group Reservation Form to secure your spot today!

MUSEUM GROUP TOUR PRICES

Students 12 and Under

$5.50

Students 17 and Under

$6.50

Adults 18 and Over

$7.50

Seniors 65 and Over

$6.50

MUSEUM AND MEDICINE WOODS TOUR PRICES

Students 12 and Under

$10.50

Students 17 and Under

$12.50

Adult Chaperones

$5.00

Teacher Aides

Free

Adults 18 and Over

$14.50

Seniors 65 and Over

$12.50

Click here to download the Group Reservation Form

Educator Resource Boxes

The Museum allows parents, teachers, and youth group leaders to borrow Educator Resource Boxes (ERB). These kits, arranged in easy to handle plastic totes, contain a variety of curriculum enhancing materials ranging from reproduction artifacts, music CDs, books to craft ideas. You may borrow an ERB for up to two (2) weeks. Call us at 603-456-2600 or email to reserve your kit today! A refundable $50.00 deposit will be collected when you come to pick up your Educator Resource Box.

Cultural Field Trips in American Indian History Outreach Programs

A visit to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, where you can see over 1,000 Native American artifacts, is a unique experience.  However, if you are unable to make the trip, the Museum can come to you (with items from our Educational Collection) for presentations in classrooms, libraries, summer camps and other public venues.  Hands-on crafts are also available for smaller groups. Call the Museum to discuss details and your particular curriculum needs or topics. Outreach programs are available January thru mid-April. Call us at 603-456-2600 or email to schedule your Cultural Field Trips in American Indian History visit now!

Educational Tours

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Over the course of 20 years, MKIM has offered educational group tours to over 105,000 children. Education is the core of our mission and we look forward to welcoming your group on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. In addition to school tours, MKIM offers tours for homeschoolers, scout tours, senior tours, and special interest tours for groups such as cultural awareness, gardening, craft, Native studies, and museum studies groups.

Groups begin their visit by viewing a 10-minute DVD that orients them to the museum. Museum Educators introduce themselves and lay out the framework and rules for the tour. Then the journey begins!

Enter the Northeastern Woodlands with its birch bark containers, moose hair embroidery and split ash baskets, into the Southeast with artifacts from the Seminole and Cherokee cultures. Around a corner, enter the Southwest with a fascinating discussion about corn, pueblo pottery, Navajo weaving and basketry from the western part of the country.

Next, step into the Plains Galleries.  This work, completed under the direction of Chris Bullock, Wampanoag, brings a full-scale furnished tipi into the galleries! Children and adults alike will marvel at this glimpse into Plains life with discussions of the American bison, beadwork and feather headdresses. The Northwest Coast is represented by artifacts such as harpoon heads, fur lined moccasins, model kayaks and more recent stone sculptures.

Finally, our Ceremonial Room focuses on the pipes, the musical instruments and the regalia that have been used in ceremonies of all kinds by Native Americans. Connect the Circle Toursalso include a guided walk through of the Medicine Woods Nature Trail, where we have over 100 plants native to our area that have been used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, foods, dyes, transportation, shelter, and more. Click here to download a Group Reservation Form. 

MKIM is a natural resource for classroom teachers, home school parents, youth group leaders and enrichment coordinators. In addition to offering group tours of the museum the museum offers Educator Resource Kits, Outreach Programs and specifics on how MKIM aligns with the New Hampshire Department of Education’s State Curriculum Frameworks for Teaching Social Studies in cultural field trips in American Indian History.

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