History museums' acquisitions always instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with today's Groupon: for $4, you get two museum admission tickets of any type to the Arms Family Museum of Local History (up to an $8 value). The museum is open 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; it is closed on Mondays and national holidays.
A magisterial Arts and Crafts–style mansion on historic Wick Avenue, the preserved residence of the Arms family illuminates olden times with a vast collection of original furnishings and antiques, as well as an array of thought-provoking exhibits. The multistory Greystone shelters visitors beneath a vaulted exposed-timber ceiling flanking a magnificent arched doorway and a massive iron-hooded fireplace. Savvy guides curate the family's extensive collection of china, stained glass, quilted paper towels to wipe the stained glass, and original artwork.
Exhibits such as The Valley Experience chronicle everyday and civic life in the Mahoning Valley from centuries ago to the present day. Learn about the origins of Greystone in the exhibit The Story of my House, which shows how the building transcended the Arts and Crafts movement's strict popsicle-stick aesthetic with photographs, original sketches by designer Olive Arms, and never-before-seen furniture and decorative objects. Meanwhile, youngsters experience interactive historic immersion in the Anne Kilcawley Christman Hands-On History Rooms, which feature crafts, educational games, and a replica of a pioneer cabin.
Though The Arms Family Museum of Local History features a discounted price for visitors under 18, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for most people.
Arms Family Museum of Local History
Though Wilford and Olive Arms haven't lived in their house for decades, the sprawling Arts and Crafts-style stone building still holds their story. Today, the original period rooms house the Arms Family Museum of Local History, where permanent and temporary exhibits interpret different facets of the estate's—and the surrounding area's— history. One explores the home's conception and construction with original photographs, sketches, and Lego models, while another unveils the history of radio-broadcasting in Mahoning Valley. The Valley Experience exhibit, meanwhile, showcases the Mahoning River region's cultural past, focusing on the daily lives of those who lived there, from the first Native Americans to European immigrants to African-American freemen.