History is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $10, you get general admission for two to the Springfield Museums (up to a $25 value). This Groupon is good for all-day access to all of the five museums, though the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum is temporarily closed for reinstallation.
Composed of five prestigious institutions, the Springfield Museums host a number of traveling exhibits and permanent galleries devoted to history, art, science, and more. Springfield's industrial growth and nationwide impact during the past two centuries are displayed through artifacts and memorabilia scattered over 40,000 square feet at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Solely dedicated to fine and decorative arts, the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum house several temporary exhibits, including a collection of watercolors and drawings by 19th-century land and seascape artists (until October 23), as well as permanent fixtures such as Dutch and Flemish galleries and a Japanese arms and armor collection. With origins tracing back to 1859, the Springfield Science Museum offers visitors specimens of natural history with collections including a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex in Dinosaur Hall and the interactive Solutia live animal center, where reptile and amphibian fans can observe the behavior of snakes and play a rousing game of Go Fish with frogs.
Eaters of red fish, green eggs, and hatted cats can joyfully frolic through an assembly of iconic bronze statues at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, while family tree-trackers can dive into more than 20,000 genealogy books at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.
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
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