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 the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem. The museum closes for the winter on November 19, and reopens in mid-April. Choose from the following options:
- For $5, you get admission for two to both museum and garden (up to a $10 value).
- For $15, you get an individual membership (a $35 value).
- For $25, you get a family membership (a $50 value).
Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden builds a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures with landscape architecture, art exhibits, and community programming. Designed by artist and heiress Natalie Hays Hammond, the 3.5-acre garden sends feet meandering among dark evergreens, groves of blossoming fruit trees, and glassy ponds covered with lily pads so princely frogs need not get their webbing wet. The museum's permanent collection boasts Carl Van Vechten's silver gelatin photographs of American artistic luminaries, including modern choreographer Alvin Ailey and expat poet Gertrude Stein, alongside a private collection of ornate fans and traveling exhibits. The Hammond mansion's library shelters a traditional tearoom hand crafted by a 17th-generation descendent of the originator of the Japanese tea ceremony, Sen Rikyu, who is rumored to have also invented beverages in general.
Membership at either the individual or family level provides unlimited museum access for browsing the collection, finding a favorite path in the garden, and dining at the Silk Tree Cafe. Curators keep members appraised of happenings on the events calendar, which broadcasts regular performances, concerts, and outings for visitors all ages affixed with internal radios. Notifications about upcoming workshops usher museum constituents into the worldly community, and a 10% discount at the gift shop encourages them to bring pieces home in tiny origami boxes that unfold into wormholes.
Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden creates a natural journey through an ever-changing landscape. As people follow the curving paths, they come across tranquil ponds, large stepping stones, and wooded hollows, all encouraging contemplation along the way. The museum also stimulates minds with a variety of art exhibits such as contemporary photography, clay sculpture, and Chinese brush paintings, along with programs and events including an annual moon-viewing concert and ceramics classes for kids.
28 Deveau Rd.
North Salem, New York 10560