History is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a one-year individual membership to the Historic Arkansas Museum (a $35 value). The value of this Groupon can also be used toward a family membership to the museum.
The Historic Arkansas Museum, opened in 1941, preserves some of the state's oldest buildings and precious pieces of frontier history for generations to come. Visitors can tread the fateful footpaths of yore on a one-hour guided tour through four 19th-century homes and two of the oldest buildings in Little Rock in a restored pre-Civil War neighborhood. Tour-takers may bump into living history re-enactors who will relate harrowing tales of pioneer survival from before the sun was invented. The museum's collection features artwork and artifacts from throughout the state’s history, and temporary exhibitions, such as The Model Trains of Bill Albright, offer specialized showcases of the state's artstuff and techno-things. Former assistants for circus performers may wish to throw themselves at the museum's knife gallery, which contains more than 100 antique pointed utensils, including a special exhibit on the Bowie knife, a native Arkansas weapon that was highly influential in shaping communications between ground control and Major Tom.
Like being friends with a combination chocolatier/dentist, museum membership has its benefits. Members are eligible for unlimited free tours (normally $2.50 for adults), a 10% discount in the museum store, and benefits at more than 180 participating museums across the country. In addition to receiving the museum newsletter, members will also get invitations to special events, such as the Christmas Frolic on Dec. 5 and the Nog Off competition on Dec. 10. All members receive mention in the annual Collections newsletter for their generous contributions to this invaluable treasure trove of Arkansas history.
New members only.
Ten Best named the Historic Arkansas Museum as a top 10 best attraction in Little Rock. Although reviews are still growing, Associated Content and the Little Rock Examiner have featured the museum. More than 500 Facebookers are fans.