Art can portray the world's most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Hold a mirror to nature with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get two admissions to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton (a $10 value).
Visitors to the Museum of Russian Icons gaze upon more than 500 illuminated devotional paintings, some up to six centuries old, displayed in a series of rotating exhibits. For instance, Exploring Sanctity: Paths to Sainthood Unveiled (on display through September 3) divines the diverse backgrounds leading to sainthood through a display of iconic works and a refurbished, open-minded metal detector. Docent-led gallery talks explore the life stories of John the Baptist (August 11), a cadre of female saints (August 18), and other holy figures, fleshing out the information contained in the exhibit. Several nearby restaurants help visitors refuel for additional hours of art absorption via eyes, ears, and detachable knowledge sponges.
Museum of Russian Icons
With the largest collection of Russian icons in North America, this museum gives its visitors a glimpse into an important part of Russian culture in play since the year 998. It houses more than 700 Russian artifacts, and also encompasses a research library and archive with a collection that spans six centuries. Onsite classes let interested parties delve even more deeply into the artifacts’ context and history, and the three-story building’s elevators and other amenities render it fully accessible to patrons in wheelchairs and on unicycles. Today, the museum spans 16,000 square feet and includes an old mill building, though over the years it has expanded to encompass extra gallery space, a tea room, and a performance area dedicated to cross-cultural understanding.