Sightseeing in Springfield


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  • Springfield Museums
    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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    21 Edwards St.
    Springfield, MA US
  • Volleyball Hall of Fame
    The Volleyball Hall of Fame remembers and honors exceptional players, coaches, and leading members of the volleyball community through a collection of memorabilia and displays. Within walls insulated entirely with discarded volleyball nets, the hall inducts honorees from all over the globe, championing individuals who have significantly impacted the game of volleyball throughout its worldwide, more than 100-year history. The hall appropriately makes its home in Holyoke, where William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical-education director, invented the game in 1895. Morgan was the sole individual honored at the first induction ceremony in 1985, and the hall has been recognizing important volleyballers and self-aware volleyballs at its annual induction ceremony ever since.
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    444 Dwight St
    Holyoke, MA US
  • Wistariahurst Museum
    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.
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    238 Cabot St
    Holyoke, MA US

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