On television, investigators are slick and relentless, which explains why most kids want to grow up to be detectives, actors, or a pair of sunglasses. Shine like a snooping star with today’s Groupon.
$20 for a Self-Guided Secret Door and Sugar Tour and $10 Shopping Voucher ($40 Value)
Sleuths are set loose upon a 100-room mansion to comb winding hallways in search of 32 secret doors. A supply of sugary snacks ensures keen senses and high energy, and an accompanying $10 voucher can be used toward a purchase from a selection of thousands of books available on-site.
O Street Museum
Originally the residence of U.S. Capitol architect Edward Clark, O Street Museum’s five interconnected townhouses today enfold a private club, luxury hotel, conference center, and museum. The O Street Museum explores the creative process with more than 1,500 ever-changing exhibits, including handwritten manuscripts, animation stills, and autographed items from such musicians as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Shedding the restraints of a standard museum, O Street grants guests the freedom to leaf through collections of photographs and letters from visual artists or gently cradle sleeping sculptures in their bare hands.
Themed tours for groups or individuals unveil the subtleties of the museum’s elegant space, adorned with original, hand-painted ceilings and Tiffany stained-glass windows. Immersive special events include the Raw and Exposed program, which draws from the museum’s vast archives as it presents rare recordings from artists such as Janis Joplin and The Beatles. Amateur and seasoned musicians unite on stage during weekly jam sessions, and the SRO concert series fills the museum’s intimate space with one-of-a-kind gospel performances, drag shows, and sock-puppet reenactments of the Revolutionary War.