“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr Suess
Most of us grew up reading Dr. Suess and while they were entertaining for us as children, the stories can actually be life lessons too. Take the quote above. It can motivate you to care and try, for if no one cared, then nothing would get done or get better. Or if you think someone else with do it, something or someone may be missed. Take this site for example. I started all this because I wanted to share what knowledge and experience with autism I have. I’m not an expert nor do I know everything. But if I know something that another does not and I can share and help; then I’m going to.
Dr. Suess is enjoyed by millions worldwide and now with The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opened in Springfield, MA we had to visit on our trip home this summer.
So why Springfield you ask? While it’s not a widely known city, it is in fact where Theodor Geisel or Dr. Suess is from. Ted Geisel’s stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, in her recently published book Dr. Seuss, Springfield, and the Kettle of Bronze, Dimond-Cates wrote: “It is becoming very clear to me. . . how important Springfield was to Ted and how much he loved this New England ‘city in the country.’” She told the Museums that every Dr. Seuss book has a reference to Springfield—whether a name or a bit of architecture or something even more specific. Guests will see this as they walk throughout the museum.
First thing guest should know is The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is one of five buildings making up the Springfield Museums and admission includes all of them.
- Springfield Science Museum with live animal exhibitions, dinosaur skeletons, Native American and African artifacts, and the Seymour Planetarium.
- Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts with works by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, plus world-renowned print collections from Japan and by Currier & Ives.
- Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History featuring Springfield-built Indian Motorcycles, Rolls-Royces, and historic firearms by Smith & Wesson.
- George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, a Victorian-era single collector museum filled with paintings, Asian decorative art, weaponry and armor, and Islamic art.
- The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, a celebration of Theodor Geisel, who was born and raised in Springfield, which includes hands-on interactive exhibits.
And in the center of it all is the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, honoring Springfield native Theodor Geisel and the beloved characters he brought to life in his books.
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss has three floors and is almost completely interactive. The first floor is filled with hands on exhibits and feels like you walked into the books yourself. You travel through Ted Geisel’s youth from his apartment growing up and his grandparent’s bakery. Which is where Lil Man spent most of his time.
There are games and numerous themed stations.
And I loved the reading nook.
The second floor will be filled with personal memorabilia belonging to Ted Geisel. This is more for the older crowd and lifelong fans where you will see original oil paintings, a collection of hats, and furniture from Ted’s sitting room and studio.
Geisel’s step-daughter donated many of the pieces and even includes personal notes Geisel wrote to her.
You will also see how the process to make Memorial Sculpture Garden came about.
My favorite part was all the beautiful murals and even seeing places the Dr. Seuss drew inspiration from.
Down stairs is a full art and sensory fun room. We were given material to make our own hat like the Cat in the Hat. Lil Man went for the coloring pages and I drew on the table. Well, table paper.
Activities will vary and will be based on the museum’s educational calendar. So you can look for STEM based activities.
No food or drinks are allowed in the museums. But there is a beautiful picnic spot to enjoy eating outside or The Blake House Café which is located just inside the main gate. The Blake House has both breakfast and lunch options and very reasonable in price. Just be sure to check their hours as they change with seasons.
The museum is accessible with a ramp out front and elevator. As mentioned there are lots of hands on activities to fill any sensory play needs. Just be mindful of busy times/days as it can get loud and may be harder to move around.
Tickets include admission to all 5 buildings. You can spend as little or as much time as you want to explore and for one price.
PricesGeneral AdmissionAdult – $25
Seniors – $16.50
College Students with ID – $16.50
Children 3-17 – $13
Children 2 and Under – Free
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss at the Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Springfield is two hours west of Boston and easy to get to.
What is your or your kids favorite Dr. Suess book? Do you plan to visit?