Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums One Stop, Five Museums. Plus the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. The Museums are open on the following holidays: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Presidents' Day Patriots' Day Columbus Day Veterans' Day
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The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums covering art, history, and science, plus the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and National Memorial Sculpture Garden. #atthemuseums #SeussinSpringfield

Mission: The Springfield Museums inspire exploration of our connections to art, history, and science through outstanding collections, exhibitions, and programs.

Have you had a chance to travel to the Island of Sodor in “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails?” This STEM-based exhibit...
08/06/2019

Have you had a chance to travel to the Island of Sodor in “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails?” This STEM-based exhibition is only here for ONE MORE MONTH and closes in the Springfield Science Museum on September 8. Perfect for ages 2-7, this exhibition incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results. For more info, please visit http://bit.ly/2Ud7Iae.

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An archway that shows a windmill on the left and mountains on the right. On the right it reads “Fisher-Price presents ‘Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails.” Through the archway you can see a play, life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine. On the right you can see other areas of the exhibition.]

Have you seen the latest addition to the Indian Motocycle Gallery in the Wood Museum of Springfield History? We were ver...
08/05/2019

Have you seen the latest addition to the Indian Motocycle Gallery in the Wood Museum of Springfield History? We were very honored to receive this 1948 Indian Chief from Andrew Donald, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and the editor of Indian File, the Indian Motorcycle Club of Great Britain's magazine. In 1987 Andy purchased this bike and had it shipped from Chicago to his home in London, England. He faithfully restored the bike and rode it for 30 years. In 2012 the Museums were lucky to forge a friendship with Andy through our curator of Library and Archives Maggie Humberston. Upon Andy’s passing in July 2018, the Museums learned that we had been gifted his beloved 1948 Chief. The bike is now on display for all to enjoy. To learn more about the Esta Manthos Indian Motocycle Collection, please visit http://bit.ly/IndianMotocycle.

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A blue 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle located in a museum gallery.]

Have you experienced our Summer Spectacular 2019 at the Springfield Museums! yet? It's 7 days a week of fun this year th...
08/03/2019

Have you experienced our Summer Spectacular 2019 at the Springfield Museums! yet? It's 7 days a week of fun this year through August 17! On Saturdays we welcome the Tanglewood Marionettes, the Cat in the Hat is here on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the Things make an appearance on Thursdays, Mr. Vinny wows us on Fridays, and so much more! To check out the full series, please visit http://bit.ly/SumSpect19.

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1. A man and a boy pose with the Cat in the Hat outside the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

2. A group of kids jump to catch giant bubbles outside.]

This weekend (August 3 and 4) is a #MuseumsOnUs weekend! Come to the Museums with your #BankOfAmerica or #MerrillLynch c...
08/02/2019

This weekend (August 3 and 4) is a #MuseumsOnUs weekend! Come to the Museums with your #BankOfAmerica or #MerrillLynch card and get FREE admission. For our Summer Spectacular series we will be enjoying a show by the Tanglewood Marionettes. We also have fantastic exhibitions right now such as "Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails" and "Van Gogh for All." To learn more, check out all of the offerings on our website https://springfieldmuseums.org/.

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A recreation of Van Gogh's studio in the exhibition "Van Gogh for All."]

It’s a #VanGoghThursday #AtTheMuseums! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a van Gogh painting? Visit ...
08/01/2019

It’s a #VanGoghThursday #AtTheMuseums! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a van Gogh painting? Visit our exhibition “Van Gogh for All” through October 14 and you will experience van Gogh like you never have before. Step into his bedroom, add your face to one of his famous paintings, “pick” sunflowers, and so much more. This exhibition is complemented by “Van Gogh and Japanese Prints” which pulls from our permanent collections and explores how Japanese culture inspired van Gogh’s work. To learn more, please visit http://bit.ly/VanGoghForAll.

“Van Gogh for All” was produced and designed by the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation, in collaboration with Luci, and fabricated by Ravenswood Studios.

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A photograph of the "Van Gogh for All" exhibition. In that picture you can see an interactive where you can add your face to different portraits.]

There is only ONE MONTH left to view "Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women & Work in Springfield." Closing August...
07/31/2019
Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women and Work in Springfield | Springfield Museums

There is only ONE MONTH left to view "Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women & Work in Springfield." Closing August 25 in the Wood Museum of Springfield History, explore the 20th century through the eyes of the everyday women who worked it. From volunteers to professional women, this exhibition explores all facets of women at work. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2P7fJwn.

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An exhibition in a museum gallery. Featured at the center are two mannequins wearing women's military dress uniforms.]

Extended! This exhibit traces the history of local women in the 20th century as they respond to the changes and challenges of their times. For some this meant entering the work force in traditional and non-traditional ways, for others it was a call to non-paid work for the betterment of their commun...

LAST CHANCE: "Thank You for Your Service: The City Salutes the USS Springfield" closes TOMORROW (July 31) in the Wood Mu...
07/30/2019
Thank You for Your Service: The City Salutes the USS Springfield | Springfield Museums

LAST CHANCE: "Thank You for Your Service: The City Salutes the USS Springfield" closes TOMORROW (July 31) in the Wood Museum of Springfield History. The tradition of gifting silver services to US Naval ships dates to the 1880s, when the government sought to rally public support for new shipbuilding in the years following the Civil War. As Congress authorized the construction of ships for the Country’s new “steel Navy,” naming the ships after states, cities and military heroes was a shrewd maneuver meant to inspire civic pride and a sense of ownership. To burnish that pride, Americans were encouraged through fund drives to give what they could in order to present “their” ships with beautiful silver pieces meant for use during formal occasions. Learn about the four US Navy ships named for the city of Springfield, and view pieces from the silver service presented to the USS Springfield (CLG-7) by the city in 1960 in recognition of our Navy men and women. To learn more: http://bit.ly/USSSpringfield.

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A black and white photo of the USS Springfield, a Cleveland-class light cruiser.]

The tradition of gifting silver services to US Naval ships dates to the 1880s, when the government sought to rally public support for new shipbuilding in the years following the Civil War. As Congress authorized the construction of ships for the Country’s new “steel Navy,” naming the ships aft...

OPENING SOON: "Fanny Palmer: The Artist Behind Currier & Ives’ Greatest Prints" on August 6 in the D'Amour Museum of Fin...
07/29/2019
Fanny Palmer: The Artist Behind Currier & Ives’ Greatest Prints | Springfield Museums

OPENING SOON: "Fanny Palmer: The Artist Behind Currier & Ives’ Greatest Prints" on August 6 in the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Although her designs adorned the walls of homes and businesses across the United States, the name Frances (“Fanny”) Flora Bond Palmer (1812-1876) remains obscure. Arguably the most prolific and effective artist working behind the scenes for the Currier & Ives lithography firm, Palmer illustrated some of the most celebrated images associated with American life in the 1800s. In addition to designing over 200 popular prints, Fanny Palmer supported her family financially at a time when it was nearly unheard of for women to do so. This exhibition celebrates her achievements and offers a renewed examination of prints produced by Currier & Ives. This exhibition is on view through February 23, 2020. For more info: http://bit.ly/FannyPalmer.

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A lithograph featuring a man and boy riding horses in front of a house. Women can be seen tending a garden and other figures are in the background doing farm chores.

"American Country Life. May Morning.," 1855, hand-colored lithograph published by Nathaniel Currier (American, 1813-1888), after Frances Flora Bond Palmer (American, 1812-1876), Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert, supplemented with Museum Acquisition Funds, 2004.D03.509.]

Although her designs adorned the walls of homes and businesses across the United States, the name Frances (“Fanny”) Flora Bond Palmer (1812-1876) remains obscure. Arguably the most prolific and effective artist working behind the scenes for the Currier & Ives lithography firm, Palmer illustrated...

OPENING SOON: "People at Work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek" on August 13, 2019 in the D'Amour Museum o...
07/28/2019
People at Work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek | Springfield Museums

OPENING SOON: "People at Work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek" on August 13, 2019 in the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Local photographer Tad Malek seeks to capture unique and authentic moments through his insightful portraits 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 nearly 30 works by Malek that embrace the nuance, drama, comedy, and dignity of daily life. The exhibition is on view through July 12, 2020. More info: http://bit.ly/TadMalekPortraits.

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A black and white photo of a man standing outside of a camper that has chickens entering and exiting it.

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

New Closing Date Local photographer Tad Malek seeks to capture unique and authentic moments through his insightful portraits 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 b...

Friends in East Longmeadow! Do you shop at the Big Y store in town? For the month of August we have been chosen to recei...
07/27/2019

Friends in East Longmeadow! Do you shop at the Big Y store in town? For the month of August we have been chosen to receive a $1 donation for EVERY Community Bag sold at the East Longmeadow Big Y. Just buy the bag and we will automatically get the donation! Remember that the single use plastic bag ban at Big Y goes into effect on August 1, so this is the perfect time to go reusable! Don’t shop at the East Longmeadow store? At any other Big Y, you can buy the bag and then direct a $1 donation to us using the attached Giving Tag. To learn more about this amazing program, please visit https://bigy.bags4mycause.com/.

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A graphic that has a red background. At the top is the Big Y logo. Underneath the logo is a reusable shopping bag. Underneath the bag, “We’ve been selected to participate in the Big Y Community Bag Program. We will receive a $1 donation when you buy the Community Bag this month at the Big Y located at: East Longmeadow, MA.”]

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Want to hit...
07/26/2019

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Want to hit the road with Dr. Seuss in tow? Help make the specialty Dr. Seuss license plate a reality by applying today. We need 750 applications to get the plate into production and on to YOUR car! Apply today: https://goo.gl/1z6mdW.

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A graphic showing a license plate with Thing 2 to the viewer’s right of it. The plate reads "Massachusetts" across the top. The number is "DR 0000" and SeussInSpringfield.org is along the bottom. The Cat in the Hat is on the left of the plate. The background is white with a red squiggle.]

07/25/2019

Join us for our 10th Annual Indian Day! On Sunday, July 28 from 9-3 enjoy a variety of classic and vintage motorcycles, browse vendor displays, listen to classic rock tunes, and more. George Hendee, portrayed by docent Bobby Girard, will also be giving tours of the collection in the Wood Museum of Springfield History including Andy Donald’s 1948 Indian Chief, the Charles Manthos Indian Prototype, and much more! Registration is still open: https://springfieldmuseums.org/indian-day/.

Indian Motocycle Day at the Springfield Museums!

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A line of pre-1953 Indian Motocycles.]

There's only ONE WEEK LEFT to see the silver we have on display from the USS Springfield. "Thank You for Your Service: T...
07/24/2019
Thank You for Your Service: The City Salutes the USS Springfield | Springfield Museums

There's only ONE WEEK LEFT to see the silver we have on display from the USS Springfield. "Thank You for Your Service: The City Salutes the USS Springfield" closes July 31 in the Wood Museum of Springfield History. The tradition of gifting silver services to US Naval ships dates to the 1880s, when the government sought to rally public support for new shipbuilding in the years following the Civil War. As Congress authorized the construction of ships for the Country’s new “steel Navy,” naming the ships after states, cities and military heroes was a shrewd maneuver meant to inspire civic pride and a sense of ownership. To burnish that pride, Americans were encouraged through fund drives to give what they could in order to present “their” ships with beautiful silver pieces meant for use during formal occasions. Learn about the four US Navy ships named for the city of Springfield, and view pieces from the silver service presented to the USS Springfield (CLG-7) by the city in 1960 in recognition of our Navy men and women. For more info, please visit http://bit.ly/USSSpringfield.

[Image description:
A black and white photo of a Cleveland-class light cruiser navy ship. the USS Springfield, taken from above.]

The tradition of gifting silver services to US Naval ships dates to the 1880s, when the government sought to rally public support for new shipbuilding in the years following the Civil War. As Congress authorized the construction of ships for the Country’s new “steel Navy,” naming the ships aft...

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to the Island of Sodor? Now you can in “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails” at the S...
07/23/2019

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to the Island of Sodor? Now you can in “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails” at the Springfield Science Museum through September 8! Perfect for ages 2-7, this exhibition helps improve STEM literacy. Collaborate with others to get Percy moving by loading coal into his coal box and filling his tank with water from a water tower. For more info, please visit http://bit.ly/2Ud7Iae.

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A boy works to put play coal in a play traincar.]

Did you know that the Springfield Museums has an online store that sells local products from local artisans? We’ve partn...
07/22/2019

Did you know that the Springfield Museums has an online store that sells local products from local artisans? We’ve partnered with Make-It Springfield to bring you beautiful handcrafted, unique items. We have a number of gorgeous items from donnabelle designs . Donnabelle is a Filipina-American artist with an MFA in painting. She is also a curator, arts advocate, community organizer, and fitness enthusiast. To learn more and to shop all products from our local artisans, please visit https://goo.gl/rhDMLQ

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1. A tote bag with different shapes in different colors on it.

2. A skirt that features different colored shapes.]

LAST CHANCE - CLOSING TODAY: "Elemental: Contemporary Encaustic" in the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Debra Claffey, Patr...
07/21/2019

LAST CHANCE - CLOSING TODAY: "Elemental: Contemporary Encaustic" in the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Debra Claffey, Patricia Gerkin, Donna Hamil Talman, and Charyl Weissbach make up the four artist collective called Elemental. Working in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the artists of Elemental meld the ancient medium of encaustic, or melted wax, with a modern topic. The pieces in this exhibition explore the human relationship to the natural environment, advocating for a more connected, sustainable approach in the 21st century. The textured surfaces and layered compositions of these pieces sometimes evoke the topography of the earth’s surface, the patterns of plant life, or reinvent the traditional seascape painting.

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Three pieces of encaustic artwork hang on a wall in a gallery.]

NOW OPEN: “Van Gogh for All” and “Van Gogh and Japanese Prints” in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 14. “...
07/20/2019

NOW OPEN: “Van Gogh for All” and “Van Gogh and Japanese Prints” in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 14. “Van Gogh for All” is a completely immersive exhibition that allows visitors to manipulate van Gogh’s world and some of his most famous paintings. The complementary exhibition “Van Gogh and Japanese Prints” pulls from our permanent collections to explore how Japanese culture inspired van Gogh’s work. To learn more, please visit http://bit.ly/VanGoghForAll.

“Van Gogh for All” was produced and designed by the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation, in collaboration with Luci, and fabricated by Ravenswood Studios.

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1. Two women sit in a recreation of van Gogh's Bedroom.

2. A collage of three Japanese woodblock prints. From left to right:
Plum Trees Flower Garden At Kameido, 1857, woodblock print by Andō Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), Raymond A. Bidwell Collection, 60.D05.1004.

Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry, circa 1833, woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849), Raymond A. Bidwell Collection, 60.D05.1114.

Sudden Evening Shower At Ohashi Bridge, 1857, woodblock print by Andō Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), Raymond A. Bidwell Collection, 60.D05.1169.]

Haven’t taken advantage of all of our amazing Museum School options yet? We have classes for kids, teens, and adults! Ch...
07/19/2019

Haven’t taken advantage of all of our amazing Museum School options yet? We have classes for kids, teens, and adults! Check out “The Art & Science Behind Healing Crystals” from the Grounded Goodwife (1 class, July 25) or “Zentangle Spin Art” with Annette Chittenden (1 class, August 2). We also have a fabulous travel program! Join us for a day trip to see “La Traviata” at Glimmerglass Opera (The Glimmerglass Festival) on Tuesday, July 30. OR, travel a bit further and sign up for our trip to Italy, “Painting and Barging in Italy: Capturing the Beauty of Color and Light” with artist Robert Carsten in October. Registration closes July 31! To learn more about all of our Museum School offerings, visit http://bit.ly/museumsschool.

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1. A bowl sits on a table and has different colored rocks in it. Two rocks sit on the table next to it.

2. Different colored plates show different patterns.

3. A picture of a large, multistoried building with many peaks. Two flagpoles are in front of the building and other buildings can also be seen. Many people mill around the building.

4. A canal with gondolas and other boats on it. Brightly colored buildings are along it.]

Address

21 Edwards St
Springfield, MA
01103

Served by PVTA stops at Chestnut & Edwards (including the Loop), State & Chestnut, and at the Springfield Library.15-minute walk from the Springfield Bus Station.10-minute walk to the Springfield Amtrak (SPG).

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(413) 263-6800

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