What You'll Get
History tends to repeat itself, which means there's a good chance you'll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
$19 for a One-Year Family Membership ($40 Value)
Besides helping to fund Colony of Avalon’s preservation efforts, members receive free access to the sites and tours, 10 per cent off all gift-shop purchases, and a semiannual newsletter. Each family membership is valid for two adults and up to four children under the age of 18. For 2012, the museum’s operating season is from June 6 to September 28.
Colony of Avalon
For nearly 300 years, the Colony of Avalon sat undisturbed, safeguarding the assortment of artifacts and stone buildings from the settlement—founded in 1621 by George Calvert—on Newfoundland’s southern shore. Since 1930, several archaeological digs, including ongoing operations, have unearthed more than two million artifacts ranging from gold rings to Portuguese ceramics. At the modern-day museum, visitors can observe archaeologists at work in the conservation lab or simply explore the old village, immersing themselves in the details of 17th- and 18th-century life, well before the days when indoor plumbing allowed electric eels to power our homes.
Set against panoramic views of the ocean—whales often swim among icebergs in the distance—guides helm walking tours of the historic area. The 17th-century kitchen and herb gardens showcase how food was prepared before microwaves were used to incubate plants, and a living-history exhibit recreates daily life in a room with a working fireplace and flagstone floor. On jaunts up to Ferryland, tourists can also stop at nearby landmarks such as the 1870 lighthouse and the Historic Ferryland Museum.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 6, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate by expiration date. Membership valid from 1 year of activation. Closes for the season on 9/28/2012, but may be activated over the phone. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.