History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Admire what history has taught us thus far with today’s Groupon to the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. Choose between the following options:
- For $9, you get an outing for two adults (a $19 value).
- For $16, you get an outing for four adults (a $38 value).
A member of the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program and the American Association of Museums, the Frazier History Museum houses interactive temporary exhibits and permanent galleries filled with artifacts and stories representing more than 1,000 years of human history. The 100,000-square-foot facility harbors two permanent collections⎯the Frazier Museum Collection, featuring American and international artifacts, and the British Royal Armouries. The American History exhibit showcases artifacts from early colonial settlement up through 1900, including the ivory-handled Colt pistols of General George Armstrong Custer and the original “Big Stick” of President Theodore Roosevelt, which turned out to be an especially sturdy wizard’s wand.
Temporary exhibits on a mind-jousting range of topics take center stage at the museum throughout the year. Bring a sibling to bond with while perusing the Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy exhibition, running through April 8, 2012, which explores Kentucky’s unique Civil War experience and how the conflict led to deep and lasting divisions between family and friends. The exhibit contains a collection of uniforms, letters, photos, and other memorabilia never before seen by the public, as well as a collection of Mary Todd-Lincoln’s personal artifacts, including the commitment papers for the institution in Illinois she was sent following President Lincoln’s assassination. For more temporary exhibits as well as a list of upcoming programs, live performances, and visits from time-traveling physicians, check the museum’s bustling calendar of events.