By Janet Serra

Posted: 05/01/2019 14:41:55

In a world “gone” digital, it is fun to leave technology behind for a while and experience something authentically different with friends and family. Wigwam Escape, a new escape room located at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington Connecticut, is an adventure that challenges and educates while being immersive and interactive. It is a chance to bond with your friends and to show off your puzzle-solving skills! The adrenaline rush to beat the clock is all part of the fun. It sounds exhilarating, right?

So, can you thrive for a day in 1518? Get ready to walk back in time to find out. Wigwam Escape cleverly simulates what life was like in Connecticut prior to European contact. In an immersive woodland setting with no locks, keys, cell phones, computers, or clocks. Wigwam Escape's thematic puzzles challenge game players to hunt and gather, find water and prepare food similar to how Native people did hundreds of years ago. 

About Escape Rooms

Essentially an escape room is a puzzle game where players are put in a room and have a set time to solve the puzzles and “escape” the room. Players solve a series of puzzles using clues or hints from around the room. In order to escape the room, you have to solve all the riddles and puzzles within the time constraints to successfully escape. Forget video games, this is hands-on fun!

 

Wigwam Escape – The Story 

You, the game player, find yourselves in a Native American village in the woodlands of Connecticut in the year 1518. You’ve just received word that an illness is affecting the neighboring fishing village of Metachiwon and they are asking for help. It is seven miles to Metachiwon so you have to act quickly. It’s up to you to figure out how to gather and prepare supplies for your journey ahead. You have one day (roughly one hour game time) to hunt, gather and cook using only the resources found in the village and surrounding forest. This empathetic experience connects players to the ways Native peoples lived and the skills they relied on 500 years ago in their daily lives.

 

FAQs - Wigwam Escape

Wigwam Escape allows three to seven players to experience the room. To enhance the experience the room caters only to private groups, so when you book the room, it is for your group only.

The ticket price is $25 per player and includes a non- expiring half off admission ticket to the Institute for American Indian Studies that can be used at any time during museum hours.

The suggested age for Wigwam Escape is 12 and up; however, as long as there is a parent or guardian present during the game kids under 12 are welcome. 

Wigwam Escape includes a 15-minute pre-game introduction with an Experience Host, a one-hour session in the escape room and a post-game popcorn party and discussion.

Wigwam Escape is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday by reservation. Office hours are Wed. and Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase your tickets, visit www.wigwamescape.com or call (860) 868- 0510.

 

About The Institute for American Indian Studies

 

The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Through archaeology, the IAIS is able to build new understandings of the world and history of Native Americans, the focus is on stewardship and preservation.  This is achieved through workshops, special events, and education for students of all ages.

 

 Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS has an outdoor Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens as well as a replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village.  Inside the museum, authentic artifacts are displayed in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary exhibits from prehistory to the present that allows visitors a walk through time. 

 

The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut and can be reached online or by calling 860-868-0518.

 

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