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.
Celebrating more than 100 years of basketball history, the halls and exhibits of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honor the players, coaches, referees, and others who helped the game grow to an internationally beloved sport. There are shrines dedicated to more than 300 Hall of Famers, and the 40,000-square-foot basketball megaplex also houses more than 70 interactive exhibits with audio and video components, limited-run tributes to standout teams and players, and special events. The Hall of Fame provides an outlet for freshly inspired visitors to emulate the giants of the sport: a full-size center court, where they can practice alley-oops and half-court slam dunks or attend clinics taught by players and coaches. On the way back to the car, many guests pause for a photograph next to the towering silver sphere that punctuates the buildings' exterior.
Named for James A. Naismith, the inventor of the sport, the Hall of Fame stands just "a midrange jump shot" from the site of the original game. Played on December 21, 1891, the first contest tallied a final score of one basket to zero, prompting Dr. Naismith to remove the bee's nests from the backboards.
It's about time you saw the fascinating museum at Springfield's Springfield Library and Museums Association.
Sure you could eat at home, but you'll want to take advantage of this museum's restaurant for high-class food.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this museum — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For those that appreciate the finer things, be sure to explore the artwork at Springfield's Smith and Wesson.
Check out the restaurant at this museum for a delicious meal.
Take the kids along too — this museum is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Looking for a unique art museum? Head on over to Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield and browse through a wide variety of art pieces.
Don't deny your stomach an immaculate meal when you try this museum's restaurant.
This museum is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Eastern States Exposition's customers can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Many a 19th-century summer day, William Skinner would wipe his brow with a silk handkerchief and breathe in the sweet scent of wisteria vines. His wife, Sarah, had trained the vines to grow alongside their sprawling home, which he had built in 1874 with the profits from his silk-manufacturing business. He named it Wistariahurst in honor of his wife’s prized vines, which continued to grow even after the stately home passed down to the next generation of the Skinner family and, in 1959, to the city of Holyoke.
The wisteria vines have not stood the test of time alone. The home's elaborate woodwork, original leather wall coverings, and elegant columns have also remained intact. Every week, the docents at Wistariahurst Museum lead tours across the historical estate, elaborating on the Skinner family's history and showcasing collections of architectural prints and silk textiles from the family's manufacturing business. In addition to tours, staff members regularly offer workshops that teach Girl Scouts about such Victorian-era pastimes as knitting and playing parlor games with the ghosts in the attic.
In the warmer months, Wistariahurst’s immaculately manicured gardens play host to a wide variety of events.
Concerts and lectures remain open to the public, and private rentals allow guests to hold weddings or play ill-advised games of hide-and-seek in the minotaur labyrinth.