If you love Dr. Seuss, this new museum should be a dream come true. The world’s first museum dedicated to Theodor Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, just opened on June 3 in Springfield, Massachusetts. This magical museum will definitely be full of nostalgia, and we can’t wait to visit!
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The museum, which will be a permanent feature of Springfield Museums, is called the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, and features the life and collected work of the famous children’s author and Springfield native (who knew?), Theodor Geisel. Visitors to the museum can learn about Dr. Seuss’s life from a variety of exhibits, including a replica of his former house and the colorful designs he used to draw directly on the walls.
“Geisel was all about the fact that reading should be fun, and although everything here is underlain with the idea of learning, it’s really about being able to learn and have fun at the same time,” Karen Fisk, Springfield Museums’ director of public relations and marketing, told Travel + Leisure.
And of course, plenty of the museum is dedicated to Geisel’s prodigious works. Readingville is dedicated to all of his most famous books: There’s an ABC Wall, a Green Eggs and Ham WordPlay (with rhyming games), a Horton’s Whoville Band, Truffula Trees (which you might remember from “The Lorax“) and the Wump a Gump creature, who is covered in “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” quotes.
Visitors to the museum will also be able to see some of Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen drawings and sculptures. And they’ll find some of Geisel’s personal effects, like his original paintings and even his toy dog, Theophrastus, which he got as a child and kept on his desk until he died.
The museum opened June 3 with a parade, as is befitting such a whimsical destination. Tickets allow visitors access to all of the Springfield Museums, and are $25 for adults and $13 for kids.