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From Our Editors
Springfield Museums showcases a sculpture garden honoring Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), who was raised in Springfield. All four buildings are centrally located around the scenic view of a quadrangle.
Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
- Most nostalgic images: the Currier & Ives prints at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the only museum with a permanent gallery dedicated to their lithographs
- Artists featured in the French Impressionist exhibit: Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Gauguin
- The setting: The museum is housed in an Art Deco?style estate and opened in 1934
George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
- Best way to try on armor without traveling back in time: the Asian-themed Art Discovery Center for kids
- Why even the windows are masterpieces: Not all the museum's art is framed or behind velvet ropes; some of it is incorporated right into the building's design. The Tiffany Glass Company specially designed intricate windows for the museum, and they're the only museum-specific Tiffany windows to survive today.
- Most unusual feature: The ashes of George Smith and his wife are interred on the second floor.
Springfield Science Museum
- Two big scientific events of 1859: Springfield Museums received its first exhibit donations and Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species
- Kids will love: the full-size T-rex replica in the dinosaur exhibit
- The next best thing to being an astronaut: touching the outer-space rocks in Astronomy Hall
Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
- Founded: 2009?it's the newest of all the museums
- What you'll see: items from Springfield in the 19th and 20th centuries, including a Rolls-Royces and Indian motorcycles manufactured in Springfield.
- What you won't see: proof that this is the Springfield in The Simpsons
- Museum within a museum: The exhibits of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum have been moved here.