In historic works of religious art, prominent halos lend an austere quality to the subjects wearing them and make great reading lights when the power goes out. Get an enlightening education with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission for two to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton (a $10 value).
More than 500 religious icons greet visitors at the Museum of Russian Icons, an educational nonprofit institution that houses a collection spanning six centuries—one of the largest of its kind outside Russia. The gallery fills all three floors of the 6,000-square-foot main building, while a 3,500-square-foot addition houses the new South Gallery and a research library, as well as facilities to accommodate lectures, concerts, and rehearsals for all-guinea-pig revivals of Doctor Zhivago. Current exhibits include Exploring Sanctity: Paths to Sainthood Unveiled, open through September 3, which explores the journeys of 24 people from their ordinary beginnings to the time they acquired sainthood. Many of the subjects are female, so the exhibit also explores the role of women in the early Orthodox Church.
The museum, whose main building resides in a restored 150-year-old former mill, juxtaposes the original brick exterior with a modern interior, transporting visitors via hoverboards and glass staircases. The wheelchair-accessible facility also employs green practices, powering the building with the aid of solar energy and illuminating exhibits with LED lighting.
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.