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Springfield Museums, Exhibits

February 1 - March 5

Sweet: A Tasty Journey, through – April 26, 2020, Wood Museum of Springfield History. People at Work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek, through – July 12, 2020, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the MoveFebruary 15 –April 26, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Dinosaur Train: The Traveling ExhibitFebruary 1 –May 10, Springfield Science Museum. The Essence of Nature Paintings by Marlene T. Yu (Green Movement in Art), February 8 –May 3, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

Sweet: A Tasty Journey October 26, 2019, to April 26, 2020, in the Wood Museum of Springfield History. This interactive, hands-on, immersive exhibit blends fun and learning to create a unique experience, one that will be savored by all generations.

Sweet takes candy from a “farm to fork” perspective, peeling back the label of our favorite sugary confections. Visitors can engage with the stories from famous candy-makers and chocolatiers and get into the nuts and sprinkles of chocolate making, getting up-close and personal with real factory equipment. They will engage with both the history of candy and its current role within popular culture while exploring this fun and colorful environment.

A giant version of Candyland, a Milton Bradley game, is one of many interactive stations that lead visitors on an adventure not unlike the game of Candyland itself. Plus, the exhibit stations ignite the senses—taste, smell, sound, and sight as well as touch.

Candy Mountain

The centerpiece of this exhibition is the Rock Candy Mountain, which offers visitors an exciting experience sprinkled with interactive displays, Instagrammable moments, and photo opportunities.

As a companion exhibit to Sweet: A Tasty Journey, the Wood Museum of Springfield History is highlighting local historical stories with Sweet on Springfield: The Confection ConnectionNovember 29, 2019–April 26, 2020 at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

Black and white photo by Ted Malek

Gaspar’s Chickens #1 (Hadley, MA), 2016, photograph by Tad Malek, loan courtesy of the artist.

People at Work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek

August 13, 2019–July 12, 2020

Community Gallery

D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Striving to connect with the contemplative solitude of remote natural environments, Malek, a resident of Northampton, MA, began his photographic journey producing color landscapes. Today, inspired by the stark honesty and compositional genius of photographers such as Dorthea Lang, Fan Ho, and Vivian Maier, he works almost entirely in black and white.

With his environmental portraits, Malek seeks to capture unique and authentic moments of people at work in Western Massachusetts and around the world. Sometimes candid, sometimes posed, these momentary snapshots provide a glimpse into the lives and narratives beyond the lens. This exhibition features twenty-four works by Malek that embrace the unedited moments—the nuance, drama, comedy, and dignity—of daily life.

Voice of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move

Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move

February 15, –April 26, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts » First Floor
Voices of Resilience celebrates the intersecting lives of women in Massachusetts and beyond who have changed the course of history. Through highlights of diverse ‘hidden figures’ and narratives, this exhibition explores the collaborative and interconnected stories of social, educational, and cultural change as defined by women, women of color and others on the move to a more inclusive and just world.
Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit

February 1, –May 10, Springfield Science Museum

Don’t miss this adventure back to the time of dinosaurs and unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history, and paleontology!

Join a curious Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who travels the world to discover everything there is to know about dinosaurs! Based on the Dinosaur Train TV series, the exhibition embraces and celebrates the fascination kids have with both dinosaurs and trains.

  • Hop on the Dinosaur Train and travel to all three time periods during the Age of Dinosaurs (Mesozoic Era – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous)
  • Learn the characteristics of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, and how dinosaurs are classified into these groups
  • Explore math concepts by studying the different sizes and measurements of dinosaurs
  • Interact with real and replica fossils and learn how scientists use fossils to make dino discoveries!

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit was created by The Magic House in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company.

Forest Fire by Marlene Yu

The Essence of Nature Paintings by Marlene T. Yu (Green Movement in Art)

February 8, –May 3, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts » Second Floor

Inspired by the natural world, Marlene T. Yu (born 1937) creates monumental canvases using energetic brushstrokes and vibrant colors. Born in Taiwan and trained in Chinese brush painting as well as academic drawing, Yu came to the United States in 1963, where she was exposed to Abstract Expressionism. For over fifty years, the artist has synthesized Eastern and Western traditions to create immersive abstractions that evoke the power and beauty of nature.


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