“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? When we heard a new museum devoted to our favorite rhyming author had opened up a hop, skip and a jump away, we knew we had to check it out! The Dr. Seuss Museum is a fun world of rooms devoted to each of his many books filled with characters galore. As part of the Springfield Museums, you must purchase a museum ticket to all five museums to gain entry. Entry is also done on a timed ticket basis so take that into account when planning your day.
We started out in the sculpture garden right outside the museum in the courtyard. A handful of bronze statues depicting Yertle the turtle, Horton the Elephant, The Lorax and the Grinch adorned the lawn. After a few quick photos in the rain, we entered through the gates into the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss. It is three floors, but really the first floor is what you are going for if you are traveling with kids. Each room brought you into a new book complete with characters and simple games for kids to play. Games such as a marble maze, a bakery, light up drawing board, design a fish, legos, magnetic gears, light up peg board, turtle stacking and more.
Our kids had a great time seeing all of their favorite characters and we took photos galore at each scene. After we completed the loop, ending with “The places you’ll go” where the kids made a wish for the wishing box, we headed downstairs to the craft room. The craft of the day was to make a Wocket for our Pocket. There was really not much happening in the basement, besides what appeared to be a quiet reading nook.
From there, we headed to the third floor, where the life of Dr. Seuss was on display. This was more of an adult museum with just a few rooms, but our kids enjoyed learning about the author as well. Original drawings, writings and relics from his life were on display. We spent about an hour at the Dr. Seuss museum before we were on our way to the next. All in all, a cute place to visit for the 8 and under crowd. It had somewhat of a small town children’s museum feel with themed rooms. Kids loved seeing their favorite books come to life though! From there, we headed across the street to the Wood Museum which had a Toytopia exhibit while we were visiting (this exhibit is leaving next week) but also had some neat old cars to view. We also visited the Science Museum who had a Thomas the Train exhibit (again this exhibit is temporary for the summer of 2019) and a lot of taxidermy animals to check out.
Few things to note:
- Free parking!
- All five museums are walking distance of eachother
- There is a covered tent with picnic tables to eat lunch, as well as a Cafe
- Food and Drink are not allowed in any of the museums
- Dr. Seuss museum has timed entry so plan ahead
How to get there:
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103