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Springfield Museums

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21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org

Set around a tree-lined quadrangle in downtown Springfield, the world-class museums that comprise the Springfield Museums provide visitors with a wealth of exciting imagery and inspirational artwork. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native. The Quadrangle is also home to the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden, a series of full-scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss’s whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. For one admission price, visitors can enjoy all 5 Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss Park. Secure free onsite parking is available around the corner at 21 Edwards Street. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums in the city where Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and which appears to have inspired much of his work. Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel’s step-daughter, created the endearing bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and his most beloved characters. See the “Story Teller” himself along with the Grinch, the Lorax, Thing 1 and 2, Horton, and Yertle the turtle! Free to see and open daily.

Bronze sculptures of the Dr. Seuss Characters Grinch and Max from the book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

See vintage Indian Motocycles at the Museums. Among the rarest Indians on view is the 1904 blue Indian designed and owned by Indian co-founder Hedstrom. When he left the company, he took this motorcycle with him, and it was later passed on to his granddaughter. Also featured are Indian racer and dealer Stanley Cornell’s unique 1912 board track cycle with its original board track racing tires; an entirely restored, operable 1929 101 Scout; and a 1927 hill-climber.

The collection also includes artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs highlighting production of Indian’s “everyman” and military motorcycles from the early years at the famous “Wigwam” through the final days of the downtown Springfield factory in 1953.

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Hours

Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm, Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
Monday: Closed

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden: Daily, 9 am–5 pm

Blake House Cafe:  Tuesday–Saturday, 9 am–3 pm, Sunday 11 am–3 pm

The Springfield Museums are pleased to welcome veterans and active duty personnel to the museums with a complimentary ticket all year round. After showing their military, work ID or badge, veterans and active duty personnel may receive free admission to the Museums.

During the summer months, Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museums participate as a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Springfield Museums

August 2018

Springfield Museums, Exhibit: Kids Design Glass

August 4 - September 7
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Designed by children, the large glass sculptures featured in this exhibition are funky and fun! Kids ages 5-12 submitted their drawings of their imagination and these artist bring them to life as works of art! The exhibit shows the original drawings, and the child's description of the the creature they have created, next to the glass art created for them. Kids and grownups alike will delight in this celebration of childhood and creativity with works such as Banana Bam!, Coyote in Socks, and Super Fuzzy.…

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Springfield Museums, EXHIBIT: Dynamic Duos

August 7 - September 2
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Like partnerships in life, partnerships in art can be intrepid, productive, devoted, or dramatic. This exhibition will bring together pairs of prints by artists who were friends, couples, or business partners. From the woodblock prints of husband and wife duo William Zorach and Marguerite Thompson Zorach to the mass-produced lithographs of business partners Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives, the prints in this exhibit speak to the collaborative, creative lives of their makers. Printmaking is a dynamic art form that—although…

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Springfield Museums, EXHIBIT: Beyond Function

August 11 - September 2
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Opens June 21! Who says that form must follow function? The objects in the Beyond Function exhibit are gleaned from the collection of Donald Clark, a connoisseur of ceramics. Clark, whose Springfield home is filled to the brim with works in clay, is an avid and thoughtful collector. The objects in his care span decades and include many artists—both renowned and emerging. “This is a teaching collection,” Clark said. “It shows the breadth of contemporary ceramics and it explores in…

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Springfield Museums, Exhibit: Two Lives, One Passion

August 15 - September 9
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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A Story of Love at the Springfield Museums First Comprehensive Display of the Artists’ Work Ever! On view through September 9. Who were the Kaulas? Why have many of us never heard of them? And why is the Springfield Museums hosting a spectacular collection of their work and the first comprehensive display of the artists’ work ever? Emerging from the Boston School of the Fenway Studios at the turn of the century and traveling throughout New England to paint beneath billowing…

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Springfield, Painted Pianos Lunchtime Concerts

August 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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We have placed three painted pianos to fill our Downtown Streets with music! The locations are: 1350 Main Street, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and 1 Monarch Place. Lunchtime concerts on our painted pianos are scheduled through August and September: Mondays, 12 - 1pm at Monarch Place Wednesdays, 1 - 2pm at the Museum Quadrangle Fridays 12 - 1pm at 1350 Main Street The general public is invited to stop by at any time and play the pianos…

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Springfield Museums, The Reddest Exhibit in Springfield

August 27 - September 9
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Ends September 9, 2018. Board the Birdwell Island Ferry and journey to the world of Clifford™ for the reddest exhibit to hit the Springfield Museums! Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog offers immersive “paws-on,” bilingual (Spanish and English), multi-sensory adventures. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog transports children and adults to the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth, and all the residents of Birdwell Island. As visitors explore Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, they will encounter the…

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Springfield, Painted Pianos Lunchtime Concerts

August 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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We have placed three painted pianos to fill our Downtown Streets with music! The locations are: 1350 Main Street, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and 1 Monarch Place. Lunchtime concerts on our painted pianos are scheduled through August and September: Mondays, 12 - 1pm at Monarch Place Wednesdays, 1 - 2pm at the Museum Quadrangle Fridays 12 - 1pm at 1350 Main Street The general public is invited to stop by at any time and play the pianos…

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September 2018

Springfield Museums, EXHIBIT: Thomas Hart Benton

September 4 - October 12
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Through December 30, A visiting masterwork by celebrated Regional artist Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) is the centerpiece of a small exhibition exploring the artist’s expressive narrative style and interest in capturing the social history of his era. The 1946 painting titled New England Editor depicts New Bedford, Massachusetts, newspaper editor George A. Hough. He is portrayed as an embodiment of fair and honest journalism. Benton shows him writing the word “unless”—a reference to the editor’s legendary approach to journalism…

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Springfield, Painted Pianos Lunchtime Concerts

September 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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We have placed three painted pianos to fill our Downtown Streets with music! The locations are: 1350 Main Street, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and 1 Monarch Place. Lunchtime concerts on our painted pianos are scheduled through August and September: Mondays, 12 - 1pm at Monarch Place Wednesdays, 1 - 2pm at the Museum Quadrangle Fridays 12 - 1pm at 1350 Main Street The general public is invited to stop by at any time and play the pianos…

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Springfield Museums, EXHIBIT: Elemental Contemporary Encaustic

September 11 - October 13
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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July 17, 2018–July 14, 2019 Encaustic is an ancient artistic method for capturing images using paint made from pigment mixed with melted beeswax and resin and fixed with heat. For the four contemporary artists who form the art collective “Elemental,” the encaustics they create are also fixed with a call to action. Debra Claffey, Patricia Gerkin, Donna Hamil Talman, and Charyl Weissbach present their paintings as an environmental call to action. Their art collective “Elemental” offers four viewpoints in the…

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Springfield, Painted Pianos Lunchtime Concerts

September 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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We have placed three painted pianos to fill our Downtown Streets with music! The locations are: 1350 Main Street, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and 1 Monarch Place. Lunchtime concerts on our painted pianos are scheduled through August and September: Mondays, 12 - 1pm at Monarch Place Wednesdays, 1 - 2pm at the Museum Quadrangle Fridays 12 - 1pm at 1350 Main Street The general public is invited to stop by at any time and play the pianos…

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Springfield, Painted Pianos Lunchtime Concerts

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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We have placed three painted pianos to fill our Downtown Streets with music! The locations are: 1350 Main Street, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and 1 Monarch Place. Lunchtime concerts on our painted pianos are scheduled through August and September: Mondays, 12 - 1pm at Monarch Place Wednesdays, 1 - 2pm at the Museum Quadrangle Fridays 12 - 1pm at 1350 Main Street The general public is invited to stop by at any time and play the pianos…

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Springfield, Painted Pianos Lunchtime Concerts

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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We have placed three painted pianos to fill our Downtown Streets with music! The locations are: 1350 Main Street, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and 1 Monarch Place. Lunchtime concerts on our painted pianos are scheduled through August and September: Mondays, 12 - 1pm at Monarch Place Wednesdays, 1 - 2pm at the Museum Quadrangle Fridays 12 - 1pm at 1350 Main Street The general public is invited to stop by at any time and play the pianos…

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November 2018

Springfield Museums, Annual Gingerbread Exhibit

November 23 - December 31
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The Springfield Science Museum’s annual gingerbread exhibit has become one of the region’s best-loved traditions. The Museum Store is also a major draw during the holidays, thanks to the wide variety of gifts available for all ages and tastes. Decorative glassware and handcrafted pottery items are available, along with a large selection of children’s games, books, and educational kits and models. Gift wrapping and parking is always free.  

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Holiday Happenings at the Springfield Museums

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Kick off the season with the Grinch, our Gingerbread House exhibit, art activities, the lighting of the Quad, and more. Holiday Happenings at the Springfield Museums: Travel from the parade to the Museums for a day filled with family-friendly, fun activities. Have a chance to meet the Grinch in person! Activities free with Museums admission. 10 am-5 pm. The Lighting of the Quadrangle 5 pm–7 pm, Free and open to the public! The spectacular architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds of…

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