Disclosure: This post is part of a hosted stay. All opinions are my own.
There are few things more iconic for childhood than a Dr. Seuss book. Across generations, the rhyming stories have helped kids learn to read by engaging them in whimsical worlds. It should be no surprise that the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA aims to have the same effect on the museum-going population. Part playground and part tribute, the Dr. Seuss Museum joins the Springfield Museums as a space for families to enjoy together.
Guests enter the Dr. Seuss Museum through a colorful foyer that is aptly named Mulberry Street. There are five rooms accessible from Mulberry Street, all of which are designed to engage young visitors in reading, exploration, and imagination.
One of the biggest highlights for young kids will be the Young Ted in Springfield room, which includes a design-your-own-fish computer activity and a playspace with LEGO Duplo building bricks. There’s also an opportunity to take a picture with the Cat in the Hat.
The most magical space of all, though is Readingville, which includes life-sized sculptures of some of Dr. Seuss’ most famous characters, including The Lorax, the 7 Hump Wump, Horton, and, of course, the Cat in the Hat. Nearby, there are also nooks for reading, and a “Pet Shop” with some cuddly (stuffed) critters for snuggling.
The second floor will hold more appeal to lifetime fans of Theodore Geisel. Guests can see original drawings, correspondence, and even décor from Geisel’s home. Much of the memorabilia was donated by Geisel’s stepdaughter and includes personal notes Geisel wrote to her. There is also an exhibit related to the development of the popular Seuss sculpture park, which graces the lawn across from the museum.
Tucked away in the basement, kids will find opportunities for sensory play, experimentation, and art, based on the museum’s educational calendar. During a recent visit, we found colored sand for “drawing,” coloring pages, books, and a STEM activity involving Oobleck. While many kids are familiar with the magical corn-starch based material, not all of them will know that it originated in a Dr. Seuss book called Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Kids were sent home with the recipe to continue the fun.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss is the artwork. Murals grace nearly every wall (the elevator door way exclaims, “Oh, the place you will go!”). No matter which Seuss book or character is your favorite, you’ll likely to find it represented somewhere in the museum.
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, which is part of the Springfield Museums family, opened in June of 2017. It is a permanent exhibit and guests can enjoy it in English or Spanish.
- There is no food allowed in The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. A small café is nearby on the Springfield Museums campus, but it’s wise to check ahead to ensure it’s open during your visit. The lawn outside makes a great picnic spot on nice days.
- Your tickets include entry into all of the Springfield Museums, so you can plan on spending the whole day exploring.
- While the museum is handicap accessible, it can get crowded. Families who can get by without a stroller may want to do so.
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss at the Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103