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Founded in 1857, The Springfield Museums are one of the earliest museums systems in the country. The consortium consists of four museums plus the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all centrally located on one campus in downtown Springfield, MA.
The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum (1896) is a Victorian-era collector museum filled with paintings, Asian decorative art, weaponry and armor, and Islamic tapestries.
The Springfield Science Museum (1899) features live animal exhibitions, dinosaur skeletons, Native American and African artifacts, and the Seymour Planetarium.
The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts (1933) boasts works by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, plus world-renowned print collections from Japan and by Currier & Ives.
The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History (2009) features Springfield-built Indian Motocycles, Rolls-Royces, and historic firearms by Smith & Wesson.
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden (2002), includes bronze sculptures of beloved Seuss characters in honor of Theodor Geisel, who was born and raised in Springfield.
The Springfield Museums was awarded full accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in 2013.
Signature annual events include the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration (March), Indian Motocycle Day (July), and the Gingerbread Competition and Exhibit (December). The Museum School provides instruction and courses for all ages plus travel opportunities for adults to various cultural destinations.