Here’s a Sneak Peek of Springfield’s New Dr. Seuss Museum

It's straight from the very colorful pages of Theodor Geisel's children's books.
Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

A Mulberry Street mural greets visitors near the entrance. / Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

You can start counting down the days until you visit the first Dr. Seuss museum on earth—the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss officially opens on Saturday, June 3.

In true Seussical fashion, the grand opening will kick off with a parade called the Calvacade of Conveyances. A larger-than-life Cat in the Hat balloon will lead a procession of antique cars, town officials, and schoolchildren down the famed Mulberry Street (featured in And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street) until the parade reaches its destination: the Springfield Museums’ campus. Then, visitors are free to explore the building’s two very colorful floors, which are chock full of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s familiar cartoon creations, as well as see musical and circus performances on the campus’ Quadrangle Green.

The museum, located in Geisel’s hometown of Springfield, features interactive displays, some of Geisel’s personal memorabilia—including his collection of whimsical bowties—plus drawings and sculptures that have never before been seen by the public. Rhyming and word play will prove to be a major theme across all of the exhibits, presenting opportunities for kids and parents to invent stories and explore new vocabulary.

Below, check out a sneak peek of the the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss before it opens this summer.

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

The museum is located in the William Pynchon Memorial Building, formerly the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum.

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

A section of the museum called Readingville celebrates Dr. Seuss’s most popular stories.

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

This Yertle the Turtle sculpture can be found in Readingville.

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

The Oh, the Places You’ll Go room is one of the last exhibits in the museum, as the book was considered Geisel’s final salute.

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums

The Cat in the Hat‘s Thing 1 and Thing 2, as well as plenty of other of Dr. Seuss’s cartoon creations, adorn walls in almost every exhibit.

You can read more about the museum here. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss opens June 3, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, seussinspringfield.com.


Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
mbilis@bostonmagazine.com


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