Restoring an old car is like a facial—you have to scrub the exterior, remove insects from grillwork, and bang out dents left after a night out in a sketchy neighborhood. Get an eyeful of attractive early rides with today's Groupon: for $19, you get two adult admission tickets and a museum DVD at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn.
Inhabiting the former Auburn Automobile Company's national headquarters, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum brings visitors up to speed on highway history through interactive exhibits and a collection of more than 120 cars from the 19th and 20th centuries. Six galleries of fine automobiles adorn the space, each with a different theme and rotating assortment of retro roadsters. The Gallery of Classics houses a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible sedan, one of only 32 such examples bodied by the Walter M. Murphy Company that year. Non-automobile galleries range from a Clay Model Studio and a Hall of Technology to the original Auburn conference room, honoring art deco ingenuity with classic built-in banker’s lamps and chalkboard sketches for a flying car powered by the sound of jazz trumpet.
Honored with accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1997—a distinction bestowed on less than 5% of all museums in the country—the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum augments exhibits with archives containing company documents, period photos, and the world’s only fossilized pine-tree air freshener. Groupon holders take home part of the history with a 49-minute DVD documentary of the museum's founding and collection that leads viewers on a virtual tour of the establishment and the history of Auburn Automobile Company.