Because plants are jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony façades. Visit a place built specifically to contain these floral strivers with today's Groupon to Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get two adult admissions (a $12 value).
- For $20, you get a one-year individual membership, including unlimited admission for one and discounts on museum-shop purchases and events (a $40 value).
The former governor's mansion at Morven Museum & Garden rests its historical laurels on five acres of lush greenery and vibrant blooms. From May till October, knowledgeable guides lead visitors down garden paths dotted with peonies, dahlias, and other blossoms, introducing them to the stately trees that give gubernatorial addresses during elected officials' vacation days. Then, year-round museum tours escort groups through the mansion's two floors of New Jersey artifacts, including rotating exhibits that currently display 100 vintage American flags and historical images of the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
Members can use their unlimited-admission privileges to repeatedly roam the mansion and grounds or attend lectures, teas, and other events at a discounted member's rate. They also garner 10% off museum-shop purchases such as history books, memorabilia, and daguerreotypes photobombed by William Paterson's horse. Call ahead for museum and garden tour schedules.
Morven Museum & Garden
In 1754, Richard Stockton, a leading attorney who would go on to be a signer of the Declaration of Independence, acquired land on his grandfather's 5,500-acre tract to build a home. The house later traded hands among Stockton family members until the 20th century, when it served as the state's first Governor's Mansion, eventually housing five governors.
Since its restoration and conversion into the Morven Museum & Garden in 2004, galleries on two floors of the dwelling have housed permanent and temporary exhibitions relating to New Jersey history and culture, as well as the Morven property, now a National Historic Landmark. As guests wander the museum’s halls, Stockton family portraiture and decorative art speaks of past eras while contemporary art and photographs keep visitors grounded in the present day. Meanwhile, 5 more acres outside host a massive garden that includes a recreation of Morven's old Colonial Revival¬–style blooming garden and its charismatic, singing Venus flytrap.