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 a daylong admission for two (a $10 value)—or for $15, you get a bronze membership (a $30 value)—to the Marietta Museum of History in Marietta. A bronze membership includes:
- Two membership cards good for free admission for one year
- Invitations to members-only events
- Free entry to lectures, and daytime and evening events
- 20% discount at the museum store
- Subscription to the museum newsletter
Using meticulous period re-creations and clearly organized exhibits, the Marietta Museum of History immerses visitors in historical accounts of local luminaries, home life, and the military. The home life gallery's vintage household items from the 19th and 20th centuries culminate in a re-creation of a 1940s kitchen, complete with a collection of quaint artifacts such as rotary phones, ice boxes, and rudimentary wind-up servant automatons.
The Civil War collection, meanwhile, presents the history of the Georgia Military Institute and includes an 1860s-era hotel room that chronicles the infamous Union plot to steal the Confederate locomotive known as The General, and how it was accidentally foiled by the hilarious stuntwork of Buster Keaton. The Marietta Museum of History also offers in-depth accounts of the region's Native American culture, early gold-mining industry, and a special exhibit showcasing the fun, flirty, and fashionable finery of 20th-century Marietta designers and dressmakers. An aviation wing, set to officially open in the beginning of 2011, will occupy a nearby 5.5-acre park accessible via car, bike, or airborne bumbershoot.
The Marietta Museum of History is housed on the second floor of the historical 165-year-old Kennesaw House. Built in 1845, the building was converted from a cotton warehouse into the Fletcher House Hotel in 1855 and became the subject of many ghost stories and local folklore after serving throughout the Civil War as a makeshift hospital, morgue, and stress-relieving Confederate yoga studio. There is no purchase limit on today's Groupon, so invite all the history buffs in your life to the Marietta Museum of History and tour the corridors of the past without accidentally wandering into your own birth.
Three Insider Pagers give the Marietta Museum of History an average of five stars:
- The Marietta Museum of History offers its visitors more than you would think. The Museum has four galleries that is [sic] sure to appeal to everyone in the family. – Christa M.
- From the moment we stepped into the Marietta Museum of History, I was engulfed in the feeling of layers of time. – Rhetta A.
Marietta Museum of History
The curators of the Marietta Museum of History honor the heritage of Marietta and Cobb Counties with educational events, rotating exhibits, and four specialized galleries that focus on different facets of Marietta tradition: home life, general history, the military, and the Civil War Union Raiders. Since 2000, museum staffers have hosted more than 90,000 visitors, guiding groups past Native American artifacts and antiquated industrial machinery in the General History gallery and navigating a 15.5-acre aviation park filled with civilian and military aircraft manufactured in Marietta. Guns, shells, and uniforms line the cases in the Military gallery, which elucidates the stories of the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam, among others. The museum’s special exhibits rotate several times a year, with themes such as Y’All Come Eat: Exploration of Southern Food Ways, which features the nation’s largest display of antebellum macaroni costumes. Visitors can drop by Monday–Saturday, or pick up a membership to receive a newsletter and special invitations.
1 Depot St.
Marietta, Georgia 30060Get Directions