Museums make it possible to scour the past without the legal vagaries of getting a search warrant for Father Time's apartment. Cut through the red tape with today's Groupon to the Historic Northampton museum, located on Bridge Street in Northampton. Choose between two options:
- For $20, you get an individual one-year membership (a $40 value). These tax-deductible memberships grant, among other benefits, free admission, access to an online research database, and 10% off at the gift shop.
- For $30, you get a one-year household membership (a $60 value), which extends all the above benefits to every family member living under one roof.
Historic Northampton shines a light on nearly 50,000 Connecticut Valley artifacts—some dating to before the colonial period—in a museum and three historic residences. Visitors pause at the mustard-yellow Damon House, an 1813 human box that exemplifies New England Village–style architecture, now occupied by a curator’s hoard of rotating exhibits. Peruse Northampton’s prized collection of about 12,000 articles of 19th-century women’s clothing, centuries-old quilts, and colonial spelling-bee trophies, then wander wide-eyed through a gallery of fine art that includes Victor de Grailly’s sweeping View from Mt. Holyoke.
Researchers can take digital strolls through Northampton's extensive online fact zoo, in which aged photographs flutter between directory trees and flocks of antiquated newspapers roost by ancient maps. Northampton’s Internet catalog aids those seeking primary sources for local history, as well as house-arrested members unable to bask in the physical site's idyllic architecture and historically accurate karaoke.
- Its campus includes two structures that date back to the 1700′s, and houses a collection of more than 50,000 objects dating from the Pre-Contact Era to the present day. The museum is home to a significant collection of historical clothing and textiles. – lfspring, My Ozarks Home