Dr. Weed talks with Silvermoon at the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI

(Above) Assistant Director Silvermoon LaRose spoke with Sowams Heritage Area Project Director Dave Weed on a recent visit to the Tomaquag Musuem, Rhode Island’s only indigenous museum dedicated  sharing the culture, arts and history of the tribal communities of Southern New England.


The Museum is located near Exit 3 on Interstate Route 95 in Exeter, RI and is open year round for public visits on Wednesdays from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM;


The Museum boasts 14 unique rotating exhibits that showcase Southern New England tribal community stories, over 20,000 artifacts in collections, and over 100,000 research materials in the archive.


Tomaquag’s Museum Store includes books, arts, and gifts for purchase supporting local Indigenous artists through its Indigenous Empowerment Network (IEN) which strives to eradicate poverty in the Indigenous Community of Rhode Island through education, cultural competency, job training, employment, small business incubation, addressing social justice and building equity through Tomaquag Museum and its ever expanding network of partners.


The history of the Museum includes descriptions of the 18th century Indian Church under Samuel Niles and a photo of the early 20th century Indian Church which served as the center of the tribal community.