Nostalgia bathes everything in shades of gold, which is why many financial advisors suggest investing in discarded love letters and fondly remembered bureaus. Envision a richer past with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a six-month individual membership to O Street Museum (a $60 value). Membership benefits include the following:
- Self-guided tour with glass of champagne
- One-time $10 gift certificate to museum shop
- 20% off all tours, except high tea tour and secret door tour
- 10% off museum shop purchases on every visit
- Advance notice and ticket-purchase opportunities for concerts and author series<p>
Consecrated to the creative process, the O Street Museum hosts 100 rooms of ever-changing, hands-on exhibits connected by snaking hallways and secret doors. Leaf through photographs and letters from visual artists or caress their sculptures with your bare hands. Scope out more than 60 signed items from such musicians as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Britney Spears, read an angry letter from John Lennon to a laundromat, or admire a hand-painted guitar signed by sound-engineering pioneer Les Paul. The museum’s more than 1,500 pieces of art include hand-painted ceilings and Tiffany stained-glass windows.
During their self-guided champagne tour, members will have the opportunity to sip a glass of bubbly while wandering through the museum’s five connected townhouses. A mélange of architectural styles, from an art-deco penthouse to a two-story log cabin, reflects the institution’s rich history and a former owner’s tendency to leave the time machine running while he was out.