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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.

04/28/2020

On Saturday, May 2 please join us for our Virtual Astronomy Day 2020! Since 1973, Astronomy Day events have connected the public to various astronomy enthusiasts, groups, and professionals. This year we will be bringing you virtual activities plus videos and more on our Facebook event (tagged) and on our website: https://bit.ly/SMAstronomyDay2020.

More information coming soon! Special thanks to the New England Air Museum and the Springfield Stars Club.

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A graphic showing three big planets, a moon, and some stars. In the center it says "Astronomy Day 2020."]

We are very lucky to have at the Springfield Museums a Plaster Cast Gallery which includes replicas of famous statues. A...
04/27/2020
Plaster Cast Gallery at the Springfield Museums

We are very lucky to have at the Springfield Museums a Plaster Cast Gallery which includes replicas of famous statues. Acting Curator of Art Maggie North was on MassAppeal last summer telling us all about it: https://www.wwlp.com/massappeal/plaster-cast-gallery-at-the-springfield-museums/.

When the Museums re-open, make sure you check out the Plaster Cast Gallery in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

For fun activities, blog posts, videos, and more please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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A statue showing three figures. One is seating in the middle and the other two are lounging on the sides. This statue is originally by Michelangelo.]

Maggie North, Assistant Curator of Art, filled us in on the updated Plaster Cast Gallery, as well as the works of Mara Sfara. The Summer Spectacular Series starts July 7th with the Museums. For mor…

Back in October we opened a very exciting exhibition all about the history of candy: “Sweet: A Tasty Journey.” Originall...
04/26/2020
Sweet: A Tasty Journey | Springfield Museums

Back in October we opened a very exciting exhibition all about the history of candy: “Sweet: A Tasty Journey.” Originally, that exhibition was supposed to close today, but it has been EXTENDED until July! To learn more about this fun exhibition, please visit http://bit.ly/SweetSpfldMus.

Valley Eye Radio also did a fabulous audio tour of the exhibition. Take a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-268709053/audio-tour-sweet-a-tasty-journey-sm.

For fun activities, blog posts, videos, and more please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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A play candy mountain part of a museum exhibition.]

Extended by popular demand! Unwrap the origins of our candy cravings! From the history of candy itself to its role within pop culture, this exhibition creates an immersive experience to learn about the nuts and sprinkles of the candy and chocolate-making process. Sweet includes fascinating stories a...

We had originally planned today to go out and participate in the Keep Springfield Beautiful campaign as part of the Grea...
04/25/2020

We had originally planned today to go out and participate in the Keep Springfield Beautiful campaign as part of the Great American Cleanup. While we can’t do this in a big group, you can still do it with your family! Grab some gloves and a trashbag and help clean up your neighborhood. Remember not to pick up anything sharp so you don’t hurt yourselves!

For fun activities, blog posts, videos, and more please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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Two boys stand near a swamp-like area that has a lot of trash in it.]

04/24/2020
Dr. Seuss

Our friends over at the Dr. Seuss page are sharing a lot of amazing Seuss inspired content! Download the app described in their post to learn from the Lorax about how to take care of the Earth!

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

Download Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Read & Play children's book app and learn how to care of our planet this Earth Day!

In addition to the full audio book, the app also include nine different mini-games like Memory Match, Jigsaw Puzzle, Word Search, Sequence, and more!⁣

http://bit.ly/loraxapp

Also check out the Treasury collection which includes 55 Dr. Seuss books in one single app.⁣

04/23/2020
Woody the Wood Turtle

Woody the Wood Turtle misses seeing you! Our Museum Aquarist Dan Augustino introduces us to our friend Woody. Would you like to write a letter to Woody? He is accepting all fan mail at:

Woody the Wood Turtle
c/o The Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Video: https://youtu.be/Wv0fE_8QEfY.

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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A man holds a wood turtle.]

Springfield Museums Aquarist Dan Augustino introduces us to Woody the Wood Turtle. To learn more about the Solutia Live Animal Center at the Springfield Scie...

04/22/2020
Marlene Yu Slideshow video

Happy Earth Day! This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We are having fun at our Virtual Earth Day 2020 with a lot of activities, videos, and more. We also have an exhibition from artist Marlene T. Yu (born 1937). Inspired by the natural world, Yu creates monumental canvases using energetic brushstrokes and vibrant colors. She creates “activist art,” art that demands a call to action, a non-passive sensibility. A pioneer in the environmental green movement in art, in 2001 Yu founded the Rainforest Art Foundation to support other artists who share her desire to preserve Earth. The foundation’s mission is to increase appreciation of nature through art. Still a vital, working artist in her 80s, Yu’s prolific career includes over 4000 nature-inspired works across more than thirty-five themed art series. To check out a virtual tour of her exhibition “The Essence of Nature: Paintings by Marlene T. Yu (Green Movement in Art),” check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6La370AR0b8&feature=youtu.be.

To learn more about Marlene T. Yu, please visit http://bit.ly/SMMarleneYu.

For the full credits and label transcripts, please visit: https://springfieldmuseums.org/…/Marlene-Yu-artwork-credits….

[Image description:
Marlene T. Yu (b. 1937)
“Iceberg with Aurora Borealis,” 2019
March of Iceberg Series
Acrylic on canvas

Loan courtesy of the artist.]

The Essence of Nature: Paintings by Marlene T. Yu (The Green Movement in Art) We invite you on this virtual tour of our current exhibition “The Essence of Na...

As courageous healthcare workers stand between COVID-19 and the public, the Springfield Museums staff looked to our coll...
04/21/2020

As courageous healthcare workers stand between COVID-19 and the public, the Springfield Museums staff looked to our collections and archives to celebrate the heroism of those who risk their own well-being to help ensure the well-being of others. Maggie Humberston, Curator of Library and Archives, found images of healthcare professional throughout the decades to share. She noted that the profession of nursing is long-associated with a level of personal care and compassion that makes all the difference for those in need. Springfield’s nursing teams have faced innumerable challenges with grace and resilience as portrayed in this series of images from our archives.

To read the full blog post, please visit https://bit.ly/SMHealthCareBlog.

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

Image information:
1. These Red Cross workers pose briefly for a photo at the Massachusetts State Guard Emergency Hospital erected to combat the 1918 influenza epidemic. They hold protective masks in their hands or laps. The sign behind them reads Put your old mask in here” and is positioned above a cauldron of boiling water used to disinfect the cotton masks. The open air tent hospital (pictured below) operated from Oct. 30th – Nov.14th and treated 229 cases. It was located at the ball field in Springfield’s Forest Park. Eight similar camps had been successfully constructed throughout the state.

2. The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) was established in Springfield in 1914 with six registered nurses who made home visits to care for patients. This 1922 group of VNA nurses is ready to head out for their work day. As well as providing quality in-home nursing care and physical therapy to patients, the VNA held well-baby clinics and taught women about healthcare. Today they also assist patients and their families with dementia and hospice care.

We have really been enjoying the re-creations of famous artwork that other people have done and other museums have encou...
04/20/2020

We have really been enjoying the re-creations of famous artwork that other people have done and other museums have encouraged. We decided to join the fun and offer some of our own artwork for inspiration! Kris Ludwig, our Manager of Exhibition Services, had a lot of fun re-creating these two pieces of art. Share your interpretations in the comments!

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

[Image information:
1. Florine Stettheimer
American, 1871-1944
“Portrait of Marcel Duchamp,” circa 1923-1926
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Estate of Ettie and Florine Stettheimer
55.22

Two side by side images. On the left is the head of a black dog in the center of a white sheet. On the right is a male face in the center of a white background.

2. Giovanni Antonio Licinio da Pordenone
Italian, 1483/4-1538/9
“Madonna and Child,” 16th century
Oil on panel
The James Philip Gray Collection
61.18

Two side by side images. On the left is a man sitting in a chair wearing a crown and holding a dog. On the right is a painting of the Madonna sitting down, wearing a crown and holding a child.]

Upstairs in the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum there are three galleries filled with objects donated by Dr. Seuss’s s...
04/19/2020

Upstairs in the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum there are three galleries filled with objects donated by Dr. Seuss’s stepdaughter Leagrey Dimond. One of the most treasured objects is Theophrastus, a stuffed dog that was gifted to Ted Geisel at age 2. Ted kept Theophrastus for the rest of his life and Leagrey remembers that his favorite spot was by the fireplace. His arms and legs move and the family loved to change his position. In the family photo below you can see that he is included in the middle.

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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1. Theophrastus on top of another beloved stuffed animal lying on a couch in a museum gallery.

2. A family portrait showing Leagrey, Ted, the Cat in the Hat, and Audrey with Theophrastus in the center.]

Two years ago we were gifted a prototype motorcycle built by Charlie Manthos based on Indian Motocycle designs. The late...
04/18/2020

Two years ago we were gifted a prototype motorcycle built by Charlie Manthos based on Indian Motocycle designs. The late Charlie Manthos, a professional metallurgist and ardent Indian Motocycle collector, had an entrepreneurial vision of bringing a new, locally manufactured Indian Motocycle back into production. Working with two former Indian employees, Earl “Pop” Armstrong and design engineer Jimmie Hill, he created a prototype based on the 1953 Indian Chief, the last of the original Indian production line. He hoped to take it to market in 1975 but his dream was never realized. To learn more about our entire collection of Indian Motocycles, please visit http://bit.ly/IndianMotocycle.

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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A 1970s prototype version of a 1953 Indian Chief motorcycle.]

04/17/2020

Our Earth Day celebration has gone virtual! This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and since we can't get together in person, we're bringing Earth Day to you! Check out our event page at Virtual Earth Day 2020 from April 19-22 for activities, information, videos, and more. You can also check out this web page where everything will be posted starting April 19: http://bit.ly/SMEarthDay2020.

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A look out over the Quadrangle with information tables set up and lots of people. Overlaid on the image it says "VIRTUAL Earth Day."]

During these stressful times it’s hard to try to find calm. With help from our art museums team, our latest blog post is...
04/16/2020

During these stressful times it’s hard to try to find calm. With help from our art museums team, our latest blog post is all about art that calms. Check out these six artworks from our collections that could help relieve your stress. Learn more: https://springfieldmuseums.org/blog/art-that-calms/.

[Image credits and descriptions:
1. Scott Prior
American, born 1949
"Ball at Sunset," 1990
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Del Padre
2006.01

An oil painting showing a ball in the middle of a garden. Houses can be seen in the background.

2. Georgia O’Keeffe
American, 1887-1986
"New Mexican Landscape," 1930
Oil on canvas
The James Philip Gray Collection
35.04

An oil painting of sand dunes. Blue skies can be seen in the background and there is green in the foreground.

3. John Hall Thorpe
British, 1874-1947
"Home," 1921
Woodblock print
Eugene Aston Collection
2008.D37

A woodblock print of a nigh scene. A house can be seen on the top of a hill. Sheep can be seen in the middle ground.

4. Théo van Rysselberghe
Belgian, 1862-1926
"L’Arche Korrigan a Dinard," 1904
Oil on canvas
The Robert J. Freedman Memorial Collection
73.18

An oil painting showing a stone arch ending in the water. Boats can be seen in the background.

5. George Newell Bowers
American, 1849-1909
"The Net Mender," undated
Oil on canvas
Bequeathed by Miss M.R. Watson
60.01

A woman wearing simple late 19th century clothing sits in a chair by a window mending a net.

6. John Singer Sargent
American, 1856-1925
"Glacier Streams – The Simplon," circa 1910
Oil on canvas
The Horace P. Wright Collection
49.09

An oil painting showing a stream traveling over rocks and boulders.]

Has Dr. Seuss ever made you laugh? We are very lucky to have in our collections Theodor Seuss Geisel’s, aka Dr. Seuss’s,...
04/15/2020

Has Dr. Seuss ever made you laugh? We are very lucky to have in our collections Theodor Seuss Geisel’s, aka Dr. Seuss’s, baby book thanks to his step-daughter Leagrey Dimond. The book records fun anecdotes like the first time baby Ted laughed, April 17, 1904, and his first word, “Papa,” on November 27, 1905. Ted’s mother, Henriette “Nettie” Geisel, faithfully kept the book and one of our favorite pages is the evolution of Ted’s signature, all the way to age 18! Notice at age 11 he apparently fancied himself an Esquire.

You can learn more about Ted’s baby book on our website at https://bit.ly/TSGBabyBook.

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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A page out of Ted Geisel’s baby book that reads at the top “Progressive Record of Autographs” and then includes signatures from ages 8-18.]

The Springfield Museums are fortunate to have a long and illustrious history. Thanks to the bequest from George Walter V...
04/14/2020

The Springfield Museums are fortunate to have a long and illustrious history. Thanks to the bequest from George Walter Vincent Smith in 1889, the collection grew from natural history objects housed in the City Library, first City Hall, to include a world class art collection. As part of the bequest, Smith would “endow it on condition that it should be provided with suitable rooms for its display and preservation intact…” Thus, what would become known as the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum was established. Originally the building ended at the end of the loggia. The addition that now includes the Changing Exhibitions Gallery and the Art of the Islamic World Gallery was added in 1923, meaning the exterior photo seen here is from around that time. The other photos are from 1895. The picture showing the two lecture halls is now the Japanese Arms and Armor Gallery and the Italian Paintings Gallery and staff offices.

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Quote and all photographs except the exterior shot, are from “A Souvenir of the Art Museum of the City Library Association, Springfield, Mass.” copyrighted by Francis W. Grant, 1895 and accessed via Google Books: https://bit.ly/2yby7jt.

Image captions:
1. The exterior of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum c. 1923.

2. The loggia of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1895.

3. The main staircase of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1895.

4. The two lecture halls of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1895. These spaces now house the Japanese Arms and Armor Gallery and the Italian Paintings Gallery and staff offices.

5. The Art Library of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1895. This space is now the Art Discovery Center.

04/13/2020
Bird Song Equinox

What do bird songs have to do with astronomy? Springfield Science Museum docent Kevin Kopchynski tells us all about it in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMSsxRD-970.

Stuck at home and missing the Museums? For fun activities, insightful blog posts, and videos, please visit https://bit.ly/SMVirtual.

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A man stands outside by some trees and brush.]

Springfield Science Museum docent Kevin Kopchynski tells us how bird songs are related to astronomy.

Spring has sprung and gardens are starting to fill with beautiful flowers. The Springfield Museums are fortunate to have...
04/12/2020

Spring has sprung and gardens are starting to fill with beautiful flowers. The Springfield Museums are fortunate to have a large collection of Japanese woodblock prints, many of which feature colorful, spring-like scenes. This print, “Flowers and Butterflies” is by Kitao Masayoshi (Japanese, 1764-1824). Trained as a painter and a woodblock printmaker, Masayoshi was commissioned to create prints from an extant set of Chinese paintings titled “Compendium of Pictures of Birds Imported from Overseas.” The series was completed in the 1790s. Although this particular print is not from Masayoshi’s “Compendium,” it demonstrates the artist’s skillful handling of similar subject matter. “Flowers and Butterflies” is an excellent example of the artist’s delicate treatment of line and tone. In order to achieve the slight gradation from red to pink on the flower petals, the printmaker may have applied pigment with a brush or wiped the woodblock of some of its ink before printing, a technique called “bokashi.”

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[Image description:
Kitao Masayoshi
Japanese, 1764 - 1824
“Flowers and Butterflies”
Woodblock print
Raymond A. Bidwell Collection
60.D05.1127

A Japanese woodblock print showing pale pink and white flowers with blue leaves. There are two butterflies in the center.]

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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).

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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

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(413) 263-6800

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