Horses have served humankind well, from pulling buggies to posing for multitudes of automobile emblems to helping control the threat of oat overpopulation. Show respect for the animal kingdom's own workhorse with today's Groupon: for $3, you get one adult admission and one youth admission (ages 6–18) to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum (an $8 value).
Saluting 86 historic horses and 141 of their human counterparts, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is a sprawling 45,000 square feet of equestrian exhibits and attractions in a sleek, modern space. Towering bronze statues of noble steeds greet knowledge-thirsty museum-goers next to the Wall of Honor, a commemorative mural that varies its appearance depending on the direction from which its viewed. Inductees get their props in the elegant Grand Hall, where rock columns support high ceilings above a floor etched with genealogies of famous horse heroes and the jealous tears of overshadowed mule villains. Voyage further into the lives of game-changing mares, stallions, and stallion people in the timeline exhibit, full of glass-encased artifacts and photography, audio recordings from hall-of-famers' own brethren, and the technologically-advanced, multimedia Champion's Gallery, which recreates events such as glory-bestowing races and the American Quarter Horse World Championship Show.
In addition to displaying historical artifacts, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum also boasts a bevy of educational materials. The Kenneth Banks Theater is lined with American Quarter Horse Association–commissioned paintings by artist Orren Mixer, and the Joni Hegel Education Gallery features replica stables, horses, and people. An x-ray style exhibit shows the intricate inner architecture of prize-winning horses, and attendees curious about new forms of public transportation can test drive English- and Western-style saddles.
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