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 $10, you get two adult museum packages at Mud Island River Park (a $20 value). A museum package includes:
- A round-trip monorail ride
- Mississippi River Museum access
- Grounds and river walk access
- An optional guided walking tour
Mud Island River Park exposes visitors to more than 10,000 years of history of the lower Mississippi River Valley through a scenic monorail trip over the water and an expansive museum. The monorail ferries museumgoers to the island across a one-third-mile suspended track, providing a panoramic view of Memphis, the Mississippi River, the park, and the towering specter of Mark Twain. The region’s history unfolds inside the Mississippi River Museum’s 18 galleries, dating back to its early inhabitants and speculating about its future extraterrestrial overlords. Visitors peruse more than 5,000 artifacts, including two full-sized boat replicas. Along the river walk, explorers chart a course along a five-block-long replica of the Mississippi River, which maps 20 cities along its edges and flows into a one-acre replica of the Gulf of Mexico, giving swimmers beneficial practice before they attempt the real thing. Check the park’s hours on its website.