The earliest history museums had little actual history to draw on, and instead padded exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we’ve come with today’s Groupon to DuSable Museum of African American History in Hyde Park. Choose between two options:
- For $30, you get a family membership (a $60 value). Family membership includes:
- Admission for two adults
- Admission for up to four children
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- For $20, you get an individual membership (a $40 value).<p>
The DuSable Museum of African American History promotes understanding of the achievements and experiences of African Americans. Campaign memorabilia and more than 150 mayoral artifacts greet visitors in A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story, complete with an animatronic likeness of Mayor Washington, who tells the stories of his past in English and Klingon. The Thomas Miller mosaics exhibit portrays the faces of the museums’ 10 founding members, including Margaret Burroughs and Eugene Feldman, alongside scenes of other famous Chicagoans in a series of stunning murals. Explore the expansive continent of Africa region by region without learning to ride a gazelle in Africa Speaks or listen to spiritual singing at Spread the Word! The Evolution of Gospel, which introduces visitors to Chicago-based gospel greats such as Mahalia Jackson and Thomas Dorsey.
Museum membership grants history buffs free admission to the museum, invitations to special exhibits, and a monthly members’ alert with emailed program information. A 10% discount at the Trading Post museum shop and a 15% discount to eatery Park 52 on Tuesdays ensure that both children and stomachs can enjoy a souvenir. The Chicago History Museum and the Adler Planetarium also offer reciprocal membership to DuSable members who want to fill their minds with the knowledge of the past or straddle an old-fashioned spacecraft.
DuSable Museum of African American History
Today, millions of people live and thrive among the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago, but at one time the bustling metropolis had only one resident—namely, the city's apocryphal, somewhat legendary founder, Jean Baptist Point DuSable. A Haitian of French and African descent, DuSable was the first of Chicago's great African Americans, a company that includes the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington. In one of the DuSable Museum's standing exhibits, the Thomas Miller mosaics, portraits of DuSable and Washington peer out along with eight of the founding members of the museum—a constellation of lodestars reminding visitors to maintain Chicago's diverse heritage.
While the mosaics incorporate the museum's own story, other exhibits examine African American achievements of all kinds. Red, White, Blue & Black, for instance, examines the contributions of black men and women in the armed forces. In A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story, visitors explore the nuances of the momentous campaign through memorabilia and more than 150 mayoral artifacts. An animatronic likeness of Mayor Washington himself even steps in to relay stories and first-hand accounts made possible by animatronic robots' ability to travel through time. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts musical performance, film festivals, and book signings that introduce members to more aspects of African American history, including the scholars who continue to uncover it.
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