It can be hard to find new things to do with friends, especially if you just met them in an elevator you're still trapped inside. Think outside the box with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $8 for general admission for four adults ($12 value)
- $15 for a one-year membership and perks for one adult ($30 value)
- $22 for a one-year membership and perks for one family ($45 value)
A one-year membership includes free museum admission, subscription to the Crackerbarrel bimonthly newsletter, and a 15% discount at the museum store. An adult membership also includes two guest passes to the museum, while a family membership includes four.
Elgin History Museum
Boasting Greek Revival-style architecture, the Elgin History Museum's first floor exhibits show how Elgin developed form the 1830's to through the 1970's. The museum focuses on the town's industry, its architecture, and, most importantly, its citizens. The second floor's thematic exhibits cover the world-renowned Elgin National Watch Factory, which employed generations of residents, and the Hiawatha Pageant, performed for 50 years at Camp Big Timber.
Size: five permanent exhibits, plus a handful of temporary exhibits
The Building: called Old Main, it was built in 1856 for the Elgin Academy prep school and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Eye Catcher: Check out a replica of Elgin's first cabin, built by the Gifford family, who are credited as the city's founders
Permanent Mainstay: Elgin Road Races, which chronicles the competitions held in town beginning over 100 years ago in the early days of auto racing
Don't Miss: Explore Elgin Architecture illuminates the city's many design styles, from settlers' cobblestone homes to Victorian architecture to bungalows
Hands-On Exhibit: Watch Your Pocket allows kids to build a pocket-watch prototype as if they were working on the assembly line at the watch factory
Pro Tip: through the Adventure Pass program, Illinois residents can use their library card for free admission to this museum and 16 others
“I love this place, Very friendly people and helpful too.”