The Museum of Indian Culture, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American heritage museum, is a unique resource center for people of all ages to learn about the Lenape (Delaware) and other American Indian tribes. Located in an eighteenth century stone farmhouse in the scenic Little Lehigh Parkway, the Museum has educated the community about Native American heritage for over 36 years.
Each year, the Museum provides guided tours of hands-on exhibits showcasing Native American tools, basketry, artwork, photographs, textiles, and beadwork. Visitors learn to grind corn using a mortar and pestle, make a fire with a softwood fire kit, and even try their hand at the ancient American Indian hunting implement, the atlatl (weather permitting). The Museum also offers a comprehensive research library and educational outreach programs for school and community organizations throughout the region.
Additionally, the Museum hosts a variety of special events, lectures, and crafts workshops throughout the year. The Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, held during the third weekend in August, is the oldest Native American festival in eastern Pennsylvania. This annual event celebrates Native American culture through dance, music, art, food, and life ways, and features Native American award-winning recording artists, and art and jewelry vendors from across the country. Other special events include: “Just for Kids! Native American Heritage Day,” a fun-filled children’s craft and life skills event in September; “Artifact Road Show” during Archaeology Month in October; and in November celebrates Native American Heritage Month.
The Museum's regular hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am – 4 p.m. Starting in June, the Museum’s hours are extending to Thursday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm
36th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival- August - 3rd weekend
Celebrate Native American culture at PA oldest Native American gathering. Experience Native American drumming, singing, dancing, authentic arts and crafts, foods and more. Gates open to the public 10 am. Grand entry is 12 noon. $8 Adults, $5 Seniors & Children 8 – 12, Kids 7 and under & Members free
MUSEUM CURRENT FEATURED EXHIBITS:
“Mystery Unearthed: The Extraordinary Story of Two Lenape Rock Shelters”
In 1942, amateur archeologists discovered two rock shelters near the town of Broomall, Pennsylvania. Their romp in the woods turned serious when they uncovered a skeleton and thousands of Native American artifacts in one of the rock shelters. This new exhibit presents a life-size replica of the Broomall Rock Shelters that shows how Lenape families or hunting parties may have occupied them for centuries.
"Tropical Storm Unearths Upper Saucon’s Ancient Past: Lenape Life along Saucon Creek"
this exhibit reveals the pre-historic evidence of the Lehigh Valley’s earliest inhabitants through Robert Kufrovich’s collection of artifacts excavated from one of many significant archaeological sites surveyed and recorded in the path of 1980’s Interstate 78 and Route 309 Southern Corridor construction projects. The collection of stone points, scrapers, ground tools, celts, hammer stones and game balls reveal the rich heritage of the Lenape who once lived in our region from pre-historic times through the infamous “Walking Purchase.”
"Let's Pow-wow! Native American Dance Regalia, Customs and Tradition Exhibit" -
Trace the history of American Indian dance regalia—one of the most underappreciated art forms in America. Discover how trade and cultural change has transformed this clothing over the past 200 years, and learn the importance of the powwow and how dance and dance regalia continue to help preserve tradition, foster innovation, and bring American Indian families together today. Visitors can also learn about the intensity of today’s American Indian competition dancing
Mission: The Museum of Indian Culture's mission is to preserve and educate the public about the Northeastern Woodland Indians as well as other American Indian Cultures.