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 $20, you get a one-year family membership to the museums at Union Station (a $40 value). A family membership extends only to members of the immediate family, including grandparents and children.
Union Station stands out as a monument to the city’s railroading past, offering a wealth of history at the three museums housed within its Spanish Colonial Revival walls. Traverse the early days of transcontinental transportation in the Utah State Railroad Museum, examining the interactive and pictorial displays illustrating the construction of the first railroad before whistling authentic tramp tunes in the climb-inside-able rail cars outside. Old-timey gunslingers may saunter into the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, viewing a treasure trove of historic firearms such as shotguns, cannons and the first spit-wad shooters. The Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum feeds automobile addictions with a collection of vehicular time capsules, from a 1901 single-cylinder Oldsmobile to a 1930 16-cylinder Cadillac.
Pre or post-fact-gathering, guests may peruse the gift shop to take home a piece of the past. Union Station bequeaths membership holders with a 10% discount on memory-laden memorabilia, such as model-sized trains and novelty-sized conductors.