The earliest history museums had little actual history to draw on, and instead padded exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we've come with today's Groupon.
$17 for seven-day admission and a self-guided tour through The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail for two (a $34 value)
Seven-day admissions grant guests opportunities to traverse more than 300 acres of America’s first sculpture garden, which figuratively catches eyes with more than 1,400 works. Self-guided walking trails marked with interpretive panels steer patrons past a family cemetery, slave village, and archeological site of a former plantation house. Attendees can also examine animals at the museum’s zoo or screen a short film on the gardens’ history.
Purchased by philanthropist Archer Huntington and his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, in 1929, the 9,127 acres of forest, swamp, rice fields and beachfront that became Brookgreen Gardens were originally intended to become the couple’s winter home. Instead, they created a nonprofit institution in 1931 that transformed the property into the first sculpture garden in the United States. Brookgreen Gardens now adorns more than 300 acres of gardens and facilities with more than 1,400 works. A National Historic Landmark, Brookgreen Gardens fields a staff that edifies guests on the property’s plantation history and its gardens’ evolution during seasonally shifting programs, exhibitions, and tours. A medieval, seven-circuit Chartres labyrinth lures visitors with its serene quietude, an exhibit chronicles the narrative of the land from Native American occupation through the present, archeological sites unearth information about life on rice plantations, and the museum’s zoo beckons the intellectually curious with its critters.