Museum Monday

MUSEUM MONDAY: On any given day you may find the Tavern hostesses engaging in 18th century games.  Guests visiting the oldest section of Michie Tavern may be lured into the Tap Bar Room to try their hand at “Shut the Box” or “The Royal Game of Goose.”  In the 18th century adults and children played the same games. However, in a Tavern setting the adults often turned these innocent games into opportunities for drinking and gambling. Take for instance, The Royal Game of Goose. The Game of the Goose is a board game where two or more players move pieces around a track by rolling a die. The aim of the game is to reach square number sixty-three before any of the other players, avoid obstacles such as a goose, the Bridge and the Tavern. If you landed on a space depicted with a goose the player is allowed to move again by the same distance.  Land on the “skull / death” and the player is sent back to the start.  And what would happen if one landed on the tavern?  You may have to “pay the innkeeper” by throwing money into the till.  Or, you may have to take a drink and keep drinking until everyone else playing the game has taken their turn.  You probably wouldn’t win . . . but you probably wouldn’t care.  If necessary, the innkeeper could always escort you to the Public Bedroom where you could sleep it off. Tavern tours are continuous and available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The last self-guided tour is at 4:20. Tours are free for local residents.

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