Weather mystified man for centuries, until Benjamin Franklin unlocked the secrets of the clouds with a key, a kite, and the coordinates of the sky’s safety-deposit box. Delve into meteorological enigmas with today’s Groupon to The John C. Freeman Weather Museum. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Choose from the following options:
- For $5, you get admission for two (up to a $10 value).
- For $10, you get admission for four (up to a $20 value).
- For $25, you get a yearlong family membership (up to a $50 value).
An educational project of the Weather Research Center, The John C. Freeman Weather Museum increases public understanding of meteorological phenomena through hands-on exhibits. Visitors can record their own forecast a camera-equipped weather studio (DVDs available for $5 extra) or traces the history of meteorology from the development of early prediction equipment to today’s hail-lassoing robots. A tornado chamber creates a touchable funnel in water vapor, and custom-built terrariums educate viewers about El Niño and La Niña’s global cycles.
A family membership grants two adults and up to four children or grandchildren a year of unlimited free admission and discounts on lectures and special events. A 10% discount at the museum store eases the cost of purchasing souvenir cans of lightning and can be applied during preferred sign-up opportunities for kids' weather camps. Members stay on top of exclusive opportunities via the museum newsletter and attend members-only special events held throughout the year.
Though The John C. Freeman Weather Museum sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available. The museum offers free admission on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum, which was founded by a meteorologist whose lengthy resumé includes forecasting and research for the U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Weather Bureau, hosts a variety of exhibits and experiences. Groups of up to 50 people explore nine exhibits devoted to various aspects of Dr. Freeman's field, either on self-guided or meteorologist-guided tours. The attractions include the WRC-TV weather studio, where guests are encouraged to create weather forecasts using interactive weather maps and green screen technology, the cyclone room which displays images of past hurricanes and computer models of possible future storms, and a tornado chamber where guests can witness and touch a tornado created in water vapor while learning how a vortex forms.