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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.

See Tiffany Stained Glass Windows Newly refurbished. Among the most celebrated features of the Smith Art Museum are its original Tiffany stained glass windows. Manufactured by the Tiffany Glass Company of New York City, the windows were installed in 1895 as the museum was being completed. The windows are rare examples of Tiffany work commissioned for a museum building; the only other known windows made especially for a museum were at the Henry Field Memorial Art Gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago and have not survived.

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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

September 2018

Springfield Museums, Exhibit: Framing the 1930s

September 25 - October 28
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Framing the 1930s: A Decade of Architectural Photography— on display September 25, 2018–January 13, 2019, in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts—showcases photographs from the private collection of Peter Gordenstein. The exhibit explores how renowned artists such as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, and others were inspired by the formal qualities of architecture and environment. In an era of modernity and hardship, these photographers present structures ranging from skyscrapers to shacks through an emphasis on line, angle, pattern, and…

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October 2018

Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until October 25, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:  * Continuing Conversations, docent-led gallery tour, follows lecture. Oct 11*: Alternative Facts about the Past: Fraud, Folly and Forgery in Archaeology…

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Springfield Museums, Monster Mash

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Looking for some EduTainment (Education + Entertainment) and a bit of adventure this Halloween? Join the Springfield Museums for fabulous family fun at the annual Halloween program: MONSTER MASH, it’s a SMASH! No Trunk or Treat for us this year—we invite our Trick or Treaters to explore our museums in search of knowledge—and candy. For instance, if you want to learn more about the stars, visit Astronomy Hall and gather some information about the heavens as well as a Milky…

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November 2018

Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:  * Continuing Conversations, docent-led gallery tour, follows lecture. Nov 1    “She Kept Her Head:” The Life and Work of Artist Elisabeth…

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Springfield Museums, Stars over Springfield

November 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory. Join members of the Springfield Stars Club for skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory. If overcast, a planetarium show will be presented. First Friday of the Month, 7:30 pm. $3 adults, $2 children. Visit the Stars Club website for speakers and topics.

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Springfield Museums, Thomas Hart Benton’s World

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Sunday, November 4, noon–4:30 pm. PAINTING, POLITICS, AND PERFORMANCE: THOMAS HART BENTON’S AMERICA A day-long exploration of Benton, featuring a panel discussion of themes surrounding his work New England Editor, now on view at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts; screenings of the PBS American Stories documentary on Benton; a musical presentation of Saturday Night at Tom Benton’s: Mid Century Folk Song as Art; docent gallery talks; and a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. Free with museum admission. Part…

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Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:  * Continuing Conversations, docent-led gallery tour, follows lecture. Nov 1    “She Kept Her Head:” The Life and Work of Artist Elisabeth…

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Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:  * Continuing Conversations, docent-led gallery tour, follows lecture. Nov 1    “She Kept Her Head:” The Life and Work of Artist Elisabeth…

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Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:  * Continuing Conversations, docent-led gallery tour, follows lecture. Nov 1    “She Kept Her Head:” The Life and Work of Artist Elisabeth…

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Springfield Museums, Annual Gingerbread Competition

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. Experience the annual gingerbread competition and exhibit that meshes two of our favorite things—baking and creativity! The awe-inspiring entries celebrate Pop! Culture. The gingerbread creations are set amongst a display of festive holiday trees. Visitors have an opportunity to vote for their favorite in the following categories: Professional Division: Bake Shops, Caterers, Restaurants, or Professional Bakers Adult Division: Individual or group adult, age 18 &…

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Holiday Happenings at the Springfield Museums

November 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 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. Travel from the Balloon 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. Music of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Noon-1 and 2-3 pm With a few hits from the Cat in the Hat Songbook too! Local musician Chris Eriquezzo will…

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Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

November 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2018

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:  * Continuing Conversations, docent-led gallery tour, follows lecture. Nov 1    “She Kept Her Head:” The Life and Work of Artist Elisabeth…

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December 2018

Springfield Museums, Culture & Cocktails

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 6:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 6, 2019

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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First Thursdays, bi-monthly, 5-8 pm includes hor d’oeuvres, entertainment, and cash bar. 10.4.18 Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew (8th annual) Annual beer tasting and homebrew competition. Be among the first to taste a new Springfield Museums-White Lion collaboration, plus live music by The Happy Five Oompah Band. All tasting included while supplies last. 12.13.18: Holiday Pop! Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Pop! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, play…

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February 2019

Springfield Museums, Culture & Cocktails

February 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 6:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 6, 2019

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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First Thursdays, bi-monthly, 5-8 pm includes hor d’oeuvres, entertainment, and cash bar. 10.4.18 Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew (8th annual) Annual beer tasting and homebrew competition. Be among the first to taste a new Springfield Museums-White Lion collaboration, plus live music by The Happy Five Oompah Band. All tasting included while supplies last. 12.13.18: Holiday Pop! Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Pop! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, play…

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April 2019

Springfield Museums, Festival of Flowers

April 4, 2019 - April 7, 2019
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Welcome spring and join the Springfield Museums for the annual Festival of Flowers, Thursday, April 4–Sunday, April 7. This beautiful and creative annual celebration attracts more than 4,000 people to the Museums where visitors can bask in the beauty of floral arrangements created by local florists, designers, and garden club members. The Festival of Flowers has become one of the most anticipated moments in the Museums’ calendar. Free with museum admission.

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Springfield Museums, Culture & Cocktails

April 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 5:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 6, 2019

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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First Thursdays, bi-monthly, 5-8 pm includes hor d’oeuvres, entertainment, and cash bar. 10.4.18 Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew (8th annual) Annual beer tasting and homebrew competition. Be among the first to taste a new Springfield Museums-White Lion collaboration, plus live music by The Happy Five Oompah Band. All tasting included while supplies last. 12.13.18: Holiday Pop! Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Pop! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, play…

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June 2019

Springfield Museums, Culture & Cocktails

June 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 5:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 6, 2019

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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First Thursdays, bi-monthly, 5-8 pm includes hor d’oeuvres, entertainment, and cash bar. 10.4.18 Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew (8th annual) Annual beer tasting and homebrew competition. Be among the first to taste a new Springfield Museums-White Lion collaboration, plus live music by The Happy Five Oompah Band. All tasting included while supplies last. 12.13.18: Holiday Pop! Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Pop! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, play…

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