Sightseeing in South End, Springfield


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  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    Springfield's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter. It's certainly time you stopped reading about this club with its amazing restaurant and finally came in for a bite. The perfect place to take the kids, this club won't cost you a sitter. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1000 West Columbus Avenue
    Springfield, MA US
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    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.
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    1000 Hall of Fame Ave.
    Springfield, MA US
  • Springfield City Library
    Take your family on an adventure around the world as you experience a brand new culture at Springfield City Library in Springfield. At Springfield City Library, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
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    220 State Street
    Springfield, MA US
  • Springfield Library and Museums Association
    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.
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    220 State St
    Springfield, MA US
  • Art for The Soul
    For those skilled in the creative arts, Art For the Soul is home to some of the finest works in Springfield. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    235 State St
    Springfield, MA US
  • 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

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