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Drink your heady fill of culture and antiques with today's side deal. For $10, you get a single admission to The American Antiques Show, an $18 value, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Flatiron District. Plus, when you redeem your Groupon at the show, you'll be graciously handed a voucher for two-for-one admission to the American Folk Art Museum (one adult ticket is normally $9) in Midtown Manhattan. The American Antiques Show runs from Thursday, January 21 to Sunday, January 24 with different hours every day, which you can check out here.
The show is a benefit for the museum and features more than 40 crafty exhibitors. Both antiques and one-of-a-kind works of folk art are represented in the show's lineup. Peruse furniture, wall décor, and statuettes, while meandering from booth-to-booth pondering the miniscule differences between folk and Americana. This exhibit is the ninth and, therefore, greatest incarnation of the show. It grows and changes each year, so if even you've been before, come back to check out this year's crop.
The included American Folk Art Museum voucher will get you and another person admission into the museum for the price of just one of you. In dollars, that equals two adults for $9. Your voucher will have a one-year expiration date. The cultural hub boasts an array of exhibits involving a rotating cast of works from the past, present, and Narnia. Spend a day exploring galleries on the various floors of the museum with a fellow art enthusiast, racquetball partner, or stickler bookie to whom you owe $9.
- There is no question that The American Antiques Show (TAAS) is a firmly established part of Americana Week…it was a place where collectors found treasures and where dealers and curators came to shop. – Lita Solis-Cohen, Maine Antique Digest
- America’s material culture is homespun and plainspoken. What it lacks in European polish it makes up for in unpretentious directness, inventiveness and sometimes startling idiosyncrasy. – Ken Johnson, New York Times
- Themed sections allow a thoughtful consideration of original intent as it bears on aesthetic value. The sheer variety of disparate works on display attests to folk art's ever-expanding definition: quilts, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, paintings and furniture. – Simon Spelling, New York Magazine
- A splendid variety of quilts, in particular, makes the textiles collection the museum's most popular. – Frommer's