The Nanticoke Indian Museum is located in Oak Orchard, which is a short drive from Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Millsboro, Delaware. It offers a a peek into Native American life, history and culture. Admission to the museum is fairly cheap...at $2 for adults and $1 for children. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday until 4PM.
We decided to stop and take a peek at the Nanticoke Indian Museum while in town for memorial day weekend. Once inside the small museum we were greeted by a lady, who at the time was on a conference call. We paid her our admission, which she promptly refunded since she was not able to give us a talking tour of the museum at the time. However, she did allow us to take a tour of the museum at our own pace.
Inside the 1st room we saw a small gift shop, which sells t-shirts, jewelry, and artwork related to native american culture. I did notice that some of the art had a photo next to them and it was the same lady who had just admitted us to the museum. So some of the artwork is definitely from a local artist. I also did notice that some of the pieces of jewelry were reasonably priced at around $5.00. There was also a donation box here for the museum, which we decided to donate a few dollars since we were able to tour the museum at own pace even though the guide was unavailable at the time of our visit.
The 1st room had some displays on native american pottery, beadwork, drums, dolls, moccasins, a large collection of arrowheads, a headdress, and baskets. Also inside this room was a display case that had a couple of Indian statues dressed in their apparel and had a few artifacts displayed along side them, such as pipes and baskets. There was a miniature Nanticoke village on display as well.
Inside the 2nd room, we saw a nice display that contained a stuffed wolf, fox, turkey, deer head, and many animal pelts in addition to a few more Indian statues with their apparel. There was also a breast plate and decorated war shield displayed here. There was a nice wooden turtle carved to look like an Indian face hanging on the wall inside this room as well. We did notice that many of these pieces were donated or on loan to the museum...which makes it even more interesting.
We did notice that one wall inside the 2nd room was lined with books. We later learned that these books are part of the Nanticoke Indian Museum library of Native American books & it is open to the public.
This museum is not a large place, but it does have some nice pieces (many of which are donated or on loan) related to native american life, culture and history. It is reasonably priced & probably will take you less than an hour to tour the site. I would recommend taking a peek, especially if you or your children are interested in native american culture.
**TIP: If in the area in September, you can get information about the Nanticoke Indian POW WOW from this musuem. It is held annually on the weekend following Labor Day & allows you an up close look at native american dance, music, culture, jewelry, artwork, and food (frybread).**
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