Road Trip Idea #9: New Museum Exhibits

Let’s face it. We’ve all been in front of our screens a lot more than usual! Time to get some culture into our lives and in Western Mass we have plenty of new exhibits to safely see. Why not make a day or two out of it?

These attractions and museums have been in Western Mass for a very long time but each of these exhibits is brand new!

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Basketball Hall of Fame: High Above Center Court
Part of the hoop shrine’s $20 million renovation, this exhibit is set beneath the Hall’s iconic dome. You’ll get plenty of photo ops perfect for Instagram. Measure up against life-size cutouts of some of your favorite players. Browse through artifacts highlighting key moments in basketball history including the Phenom Exhibit featuring Lebron James and Fashion Exhibit featuring who else but Dennis Rodman!

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Eric Carle Museum: Let’s Talk!  Animals from the Collection
This world-class collection comes from the holdings of the Carle Museum and features animal icons like Frog & Toad, Stuart Little, Peter Rabbit and more. The exhibition examines the longstanding tradition of giving human-like characteristics to animals. Historical gems are featured alongside contemporary illustrators.

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Springfield Museums: Hall of Heroes
This new exhibit brings visitors into the world of their favorite superheroes as part of an immersive experience. You’ll find engaging, interactive displays for all ages including history, memorabilia, props and costumes. Plus, you can explore the five disciplines that are the basis for all super powers: ‘Powers of the Body’, ‘Powers of the Mind,’ ‘Mastery,’ ‘Gadgets,’ and the ‘Elements.’ These five powers are reflected throughout the exhibit where guests can explore, learn and test their skills at the many interactive stations to find out what discipline of Superhero they excel in.

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Norman Rockwell Museum: Norman Rockwell Outdoors
A collection of Norman Rockwell’s comforting scenes of Americans enjoying the outdoors should really hit the spot right about now! This exhibition includes works associated with the artists’ time spent in upstate New York, Stockbridge and from trips around the world.

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CT Science Center: Maya. Hidden Worlds Revealed
In nearby Hartford, the CT Science Center presents this exciting exhibit featuring hundreds of authentic artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands-on exhibits to explore the rise and eventual decline of these fascinating ancient cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya society. Visitors will see spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life.

There’s a lot to see and do in Western Mass so be sure to check out other fan favorites like MGM Springfield, Yankee Candle Village, farm-to-table dining and first-rate accommodations at You’ll also find more information on specific safety and cleaning protocols here.

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