Local museums preserve a town's most precious artifacts, from a village founder's handwritten letters to the half-eaten bean burrito that Abe Lincoln consumed while campaigning in town. Expand your local wherewithal with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two general-admission tickets to Worcester Historical Museum (up to a $10 value), plus 10% off at the museum gift shop. Children 18 and under are admitted to the museum for free.
Founded in 1875, the Worcester Historical Museum collects, displays, and preserves the triumphs and tribulations of the heart of the commonwealth, from its earliest beginnings as an agricultural center to its role as an industrial bigwig. Past exhibits have focused on Worcester as the birthplace of barbed wire, the monkey wrench, and the space suit, as well as the smiley face, first drawn by a local freelance artist in 1963. A permanent installation, In Their Shirtsleeves, tells the tales of Worcester's industrial heritage, including the account of a resident who became the first to mass produce shredded wheat. A general-admission ticket also grants history hounds access to the Salisbury Mansion, a house museum built in 1772 that was inhabited by three generations of juicy salisbury steaks, as well as the museum library, a conglomeration of genealogies, local histories, and records of Massachusetts soldiers from the earliest American wars. Visitors must make an appointment to view archival materials.
On April 28, 19th-century buffs can commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with the exhibit To Arms! Worcester County Answers the Call, which emphasizes Worcester's involvement in the war. This Groupon also gets Worcester aficionados 10% off select items in the museum gift shop.
Smithsonian magazine featured Worcester Historical Museum.
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